Sitting on our veranda, in front of the room of our B&B watching the sun setting behind the mountains on the other side of the bay, one is tempted to contemplate life. And so did I.

Paihia, on The Bay of Islands is very scenic, touristic and tranquil. Perched on a slope, overlooking a part of the bay facing Russell, the B&B has 2 rooms for guests and with us the only couple there, the owners have all the time in the world for us. Unfortunately for them, we are suffering from quite a serious case of jetlag as we both slept next to nothing on the flights from Amsterdam to Auckland.

Starting on Friday morning, the journey took us from our house to Schiphol, Singapore and finally Auckland where we arrived at the hotel in the city centre around half past 12 AM on Sunday. The both of us tend not to sleep in air planes which meant we spent 11.5 and 9.5 hours sitting in a chair and watching movies and listening to music. Luckily the food we received was awesome, the best food we’ve ever eaten in an air plane!

The drive from Auckland to the Bay of Islands is really stunningly  beautiful, and has left us both amazed by the serenity of the land. Let’s just get to the conclusion of this past of the story: NZ is jaw droppingly awesomely gorgeous.
Green, lushious trees and shrubbery everywhere and the landscape is dotted with mountains and other features. Nothing like the pancake we tend to enjoy daily back home!