My husband, 3 year old son and I will be traveling to Whangarei in early December for a family reunion. We have 3 days before heading back to Canada to spend some time in Northland and we were thinking of Paihia. We want to stay someplace nice. I'd read good things about Paihia Beach Resort, then read a negative posting on Yahoo. It's pricey (NZ$478 pn and up), so I want to be sure before committing. If anyone has experinence with this hotel, or with other recommendations in that area that you'd recommend, I'd love to hear from you.