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  Reply # 1202974 23-Dec-2014 23:02
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Paihia's the place for New Years partying. Lots of backpackers there, couple of good bars.

Kerikeri's OK.

If I'm going near KK on Sundays I stop in at the Farmers Market. Nice atmosphere and good food.

The town itself's a bit trendy for me, but wife loves it. Goes down there with her friends for expensive coffees & meals.
Sister lives there & also thinks it's a great place.

I head out of town to Manginangina Reserve at the Pukete Forest.
There's a boardwalk through the Kauri forest there. Nice place to spend an hour or two.

The Stone Store & Mission station's an old favourite relaxing spot. Nor far from the town centre.
Mellower since they removed the road bridge & stopped the cars coming through.

Couple of friends camped at Aroha Island last year. Went Kayaking, loved it.

What happened to staying in the DOC campgrounds further North?
Sleep in your car if you're worried about Psycho killers:)

Getting a bit late now for hostels etc. as things are busy for the summer hols.
We have a small backpacker's hostel on the East Coast, it's already fully booked well into January.

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  Reply # 1202976 23-Dec-2014 23:18
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.. There are Free campgrounds too..

I've stayed in the ones at Derricks Landing (down the Paihia road from Kawakawa) and Lake Waiparera (just North of Waiharara).

Nice locations, both are pretty basic, facilities are just old Longdrops. But Free!

There are also 'Koha' camping sites on Maori Land. Even less facilities, even better locations... (Hukatere, The Bluff..)


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Reply # 1202986 24-Dec-2014 00:30
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Okay, all done. put all locations and addresses on my to do...packed up my little backpack, hope it doesn't brust up as I am hiking or walking down a busy road lol. All right folks, thanks for everything; Will let you guys know how it went when I am back in a week.

happy holidays

over and out.


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