Today I went north to the Bay of Islands! I decided to go with a hop-on-hop-off bus, so I was mostly with the same people all weekend, which was lovely. We were headed to Paihia, but had a little stop on the way to hug a massive kauri tree.
I was going to be in Paihia for 2 nights, but my next two days were pretty well booked, so I decided to use my afternoon to go to Russell. Russell is just across the bay from Paihia, and was the original capital city of Auckland. The capital moved down to Auckland (and later Wellington) because Russell had the unfortunate nickname of Hell Hole of the Pacific due to the many sailor’s ruckus behaviour. Now it is quite a lovely place to be though, and features NZ’s oldest church.
At this point I wandered through the very small town of Paihia, and eventually relaxed in the hostel and called it a night. Tomorrow would be a very long day.