We left the Edgewater Palms Apartments and the beach this morning after a fantastic stay. No one questioned Brookie’s arrival, checked out her sleeping arrangement or her passport. They just trusted she would have manners and I have to say she was perfectly behaved, but I would’ve expected nothing less.
Our first night was such a positive experience in a beautiful setting, I wish we could duplicate it, but sadly there are a lack of five-star hotels/lodges/apartments in most regions in New Zealand, welcoming dogs.
Most are of a lesser standard and not ideal for a luxury or even semi-luxury getaway. The best accommodation we could find in Russell was a holiday park. Brookie is welcome which is the most important thing although a spa, mini bar or at the minimum power would have been preferable in our cabin.
We had a fun day in Kerikeri and crossed to Russell on the car ferry and have enjoyed the afternoon over looking the wharf in the late afternoon sun.
I am surprised not one restaurant or café has turned us away and I’ve negotiated a corner table at the swanky Duke of Marlborough Hotel on Russell’s water front for dinner tonight…can’t wait.
Today’s experiences – rated through Brookie’s eye’s
Coffee Alongside Restaurant –on Paihia wharf 8/10 Brookie welcomed at the back half of the restaurant.
Great Sights – Bay of Island cruises– 0/10 No dogs are allowed on any of their cruises which is understandable as they stop at nature reserves which are pest free. They are focusing on bringing back the birdsong but no good for Brookie.
Pet friendly –Aloha Seaview Resort Motel – Paihia 8/10 Great pet friendly accommodation.
Lunch – Zest – Kerikeri town 4/10 – even Brookie wouldn’t eat the prawns off the salad.
Makana Confections- 0/10 – Not good for Brookie
Ferry Opua to Russell 9/10 – Brookie enjoyed getting out of the car and wandering around the ferry on her leash.
Coffee – The Wharf Restaurant and Bar – Russell foreshore 6/10 –Brookie welcome to sit on the outskirts of this cafe.
Dinner – The Duke of Marlborough – Russell foreshore 10/10 – Brookie was allowed in the outside section of this famous and delightful restaurant.
Off to the Russell -Oronga Bay Holiday Park for a good nights sleep so we’re ready to explore the Kiwi habitats found there and learn more about their conservation projects. Come Brookie, we’re off to bed…………….