Day 2 – Searching for the ‘best of the best’ experiences for our canine friends

April 21, 2016

Day 2 – Searching for the ‘best of the best’ experiences for our canine friends



Brookie enjoying her early morning romp on the beach at Paihia.

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.


Inquisitive Brookie is enjoying spying on the neighbours from the Edgewater Palms Apartments.

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.


Brookie’s first car ferry experience.

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.


Relaxing on the couch at Alongside Restaurant on the Paihia wharf.

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.


Sadly, dogs are not allowed on any Fullers or Explore cruises in the Bay of Islands.

Pet friendly –Aloha Seaview Resort Motel – Paihia  8/10 Great pet friendly accommodation.


Exceptional dog 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


Beatitiful handmade chocolates but no good for dogs.

Ferry Opua to Russell 9/10 – Brookie enjoyed getting out of the car and wandering around the ferry on her leash.


Happy to look over board and enjoy the ride.

Coffee – The Wharf Restaurant and Bar – Russell foreshore 6/10 –Brookie welcome to sit on the outskirts of this cafe.


If you’re on Russell’s foreshore you need to try these custard filled muffins.

Dinner – The Duke of Marlborough – Russell foreshore 10/10 – Brookie was allowed in the outside section of this famous and delightful restaurant.


We had a stunning meal here and they embraced Brookie.

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…………….

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  1. Andrea April 22, 2016 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Go to whare puke for lunch or dinner in Kerikeri they allow dogs on the deck and food amazing

    • Jane Jeffries April 23, 2016 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the great suggestion in Kerikeri. Sadly, I didn’t see it until after we had been there and the place we had lunch at was awful.

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