The first double arrival of the season at Paihia in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
This photograph was taken from Paihia beach – the main shopping area for tourists is further along the beach to the left. A few years ago cruise ships would berth at Opua wharf which is just out of the photograph to the right but as they became larger and the costs greater they all now anchor in the bay and tenders scurry backwards and forwards with keen tourists.
The ship on the left is the ’ Sun Princess ’ which carried 2000 passengers this trip. The one on the right is P & O’s ‘Pacific Jewel ’ with 1700 passengers on board. A pity about that funnel -
It looks like a 44 gal oil drum !
They usually arrive about 6am and sail about 10pm. This gives the passengers a chance to see much more of the Far North of NZ. This includes bus trips along 90 mile beach to Cape
Reinga at the very tip of NZ where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea. Others with a little bit more money can take helicopter tours over the more than 150 islands in the Bay.
Two more popular trips are: Dolphin and whale watching boat trips and the famous ’Hole in the Rock ’ trip to Cape Brett. The passenger ferries actually pass through the hole in the rock as do the fast jet boats which is an alternative tour for those who don’t mind a bumpy, wet ride ! OR just laze around the shops and sights of Paihia or a swim to really relax.
Last but not least, they can take a short bus trip which includes a side trip along the road that I live in where they stop and take pictures of the whole bay from across the road from our house.
I have suggested they take pictures of the Massicks Estate for a small fee but I haven’t had any takers as yet …lol !