So what else did we do with our time in Paihia, it seems so long ago as I'm really bad at updating this!
I spent one afternoon horse riding which was scary enough in itself as I dont think I've been on a horse for 10 years but it was really good fun. I did a bit of on purpose trotting and a bit of not so on purpose cantering but it all came back to me after ten minutes! As I needed to wait for a lift back into town I took the horses down to the field for the evening which was really nice! Makes me want to start riding again when I get home!
Also we did a 20 minute scenic helicopter flight over the islands which was probably the quickest we've spent $400 in but well worth it! The views were amazing but we just enjoyed being in the helicopter and the funky headsets you use to speak to eachother!
We had a couple of lazy days as well, wandering around town and relaxing at the hostel mainly because with the weather you might as well be in the UK one minute its glorious sunshine the next its absolutely pouring!