Club Paihia, Northland

My relationship with Iggy came complete with a timeshare. Previously we stayed in Taupo in winter. This year, yearning for warmth, we chose to have a spring-time holiday at Club Paihia in the north of the North Island. We hit a week of New Zealand-wide extreme wild-weather conditions, with Northland getting the best of a bad deal. We know how to enjoy wild wet days. We settled in with a pile of books and Sky TV, which we don’t have at home. (If you are looking for an engaging read, I recommend “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I went on to a recommendation of Iggy’s, “Red Runs the Vistula” – a gripping autobiographical account of a prisoner of war escapee working for the Polish resistance movement.)

Our unit was spacious, well-equipped – and at the top of a steep hill. We had no trouble ensuring there were five minutes of good hard uphill puffing each day! We were rewarded with privacy and a view over the valley.

This was the first time I had experienced resort hosting. We enjoyed meeting the other guests at a drinks night. Tourist activity providers’ presentations on local activities whetted our appetites and, unusually for us, we did sign up for a tour. On the days when the sun did shine, we ventured far and wide from Club Paihia – the subject of future posts.

Northland's Club Paihia Resort.

Northland’s Club Paihia Resort.

Graceful gardens

Graceful gardens

Crafty totems - must look out for some interesting pots and vases and try this at home.

Crafty totems – must look out for some interesting pots and vases and try this at home.

If the weather had been warmer, the pool would have been most inviting.

If the weather had been warmer, the pool would have been most inviting.

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