Author: Mojo & Rocky

Kerikeri waterfalls: collect all five!

Rainbow Falls is popular visitor destination in the Bay of Islands and Kerikeri.  However not many are aware that it is one of five waterfalls – all within walking distance of central Kerikeri, and equally spectacular. Visiting Kerikeri?  Why not collect all five! Rainbow Falls & Wharepuke Falls These is the most visited falls and rightly so.  The well maintained path starts of the far side of the foot bridge that links the Stone Store and historic mission house reserve, to a delightful picnic park and Rewa’s Village – a recreation of a pre-european Maori village. The walk is...

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Kerikeri’s B&B Accommodation of Choice

This month regular Air New Zealand customers may have noticed a rather grand article featuring the Bay of Islands – and naming Moon Gate Villa as the  ‘B&B Accommodation of Choice‘,  in their in-flight ‘Kia Ora‘ magazine.  We are really pleased and proud to be highlighted, along with the Duke of Marlborough in Russell. It’s a great read, focusing on tying together the historic threads between Russell, Waitangi and Kerikeri – New Zealand’s earliest european settlement and of course the home of the historic Treaty of Waitangi. If you don’t have a copy of October 2016 ‘Kia Ora’ magazine...

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No Sky TV? No Problem!

We are often greeted with huge smiles (the ladies) and barely contained disappointment (the guys) when we tell them: ‘no – we don’t have Sky and Sky Sports channels’ available on our in-room TV service.

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Are private wheels essential to visit the Bay of Islands?

This last month has been notable for a number of guests who flew in via Kerikeri (Bay of Islands) airport, to visit the sights without the use of a private car. So is it feasible? Sometimes driving on what is the ‘wrong side of the road’ for guests from Europe, Northern America and some parts of Asia can be quite intimidating. Add to this the fact you may well be a little jetlagged on the first few days of your visit, and we well understand a decision to avoid driving! We offer free transfers from the airport, so getting to...

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Winter is Wonderful in the Bay of Islands

I recently asked some Kiwi guests from the South Island, what brought them to Kerikeri and the Bay of Islands in June.  “We were looking for somewhere warmer!” was their quick and to-the-point answer. All things being equal, we are usually a couple of degrees warmer here than in Auckland, throughout the year. The difference between Far North and the South Island however is even more dramatic during the winter months. We have up to one and a half hours more daylight than the south, as well as temperatures in the mid to high teens, sometimes tipping over the 20C...

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  • The Nukes Northland NZ Music Month Tour 18 May, 2018
    The Nukes from West Auckland are far more than a ukulele band. Part vaudeville, part rat-pack, part musical car crash, this talented trio deliver an engaging mix of humour and originality that audiences of all ages will ...Paihia | Friday, 18 May 2018
  • Mother's Day Lunch/Dinner 13 May, 2018
    Our Mum's - we can't thank them enough for all the sacrifices they have made for us. Spoil Mum this Mother's Day and treat her to lunch/dinner at 35 Degrees. Lunch reservations start from 12-1:30pm Dinner ...Paihia | Sunday, 13 May 2018
  • Jennian Homes Paihia Mother's Day Run/Walk 13 May, 2018
    The nationwide Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk returns this year,offering the chance to have fun, get active and support a worthy cause. There’s a reason we run this event every year. Heart disease is the ...Paihia | Sunday, 13 May 2018
  • Archaeology Week: Lecture By the Booths 6 May, 2018
    Beginning as young boys, John, Chris, Webber and Robin Booth collected archaeological finds from around Northland. Hear the kōrero about some of these finds as we celebrate New Zealand Archaeology Week. This event is ...Paihia | Sunday, 6 May 2018
  • Archaeology Week: Dig for Kids 5 May, 2018
    Come and dig on Hobson’s Beach as part of New Zealand Archaeology Week. Find all the pieces to your puzzle and receive a prize. Suitable for ages up to 13, children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.Paihia | Saturday, 5 May 2018

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