We stayed at the Blue Pacific Apartments from 28 January to 2 February.
We had booked into Apartment 5A, but this turned out to be too small for our needs (more like a hotel room) with limited cooking facilities. Fine for a one or two night stay for people who are eating out but we were staying 5 nights and wanted to self cater.
Doug very kindly let us transfer to Apartment 2, a two bedroom corner unit with the most magnificent views of the bay of islands from all sides, absolutely amazing, like something you see in a film. We would certainly highly recommend this apartment.
The studio was large and very spacious. It had two bedrooms, the main one had great views of the bay, a large lounge with settee, dining table and Sky TV, bathroom with the nicest towels we have ever come across, washing machine and dryer and a full kitchen with everything you need for self catering, oven, 4 ring hob, microwave, toaster, grill and some excellent pans and cooking utensils.
On the balcony there was a private outdoor spa and barbeque.
The very nice beach was directly across the road, which for most of the time was deserted just the occasional person going in to swim.
Blue Pacific is a 10 minute easy stroll from the centre of Paihia. There is a large supermarket just round the corner within 5 minutes walking distance.
Excellent Wi Fi reception, we were given an allocation of 1gb within the room price, which was more than enough for our needs.
Doug and his team look after you very well, they are there when you need them, but leave you to enjoy your holiday.
Things we did which we would recommend:
The walk from Kerikeri to the spectacular Rainbow Falls. Takes 45 minutes each way.
Visit Russell on the ferry, the small museum is excellent and do walk over the hill to Long Beach absolutely stunning.
Cycling the Twin Coast Cycle Trail from Kaikohe to Okaihau 20km took two hours. Hired our bikes from Top Trail Hire.
Walking on the Waitangia Track from Hurura Falls to the treaty ground, 5km, 90 minutes each way.
If eating out do visit the Waterfront Restaurant, nice food, friendly attentive staff and great views out over the bay.
A wonderful 5 nights in the bay of islands we wish we could have stayed longer, no wonder Captain Cook visited three times!!