GO NZ: Elisabeth Easther’s Bay of Islands family fishing holiday

As children get older, parents must strive to modify the holidays they take their offspring on, to ensure the kids still want to accompany their daggy old folks. Now my son is 14, the days of model railways, feeding ducks and rounding the day off with an icecream are over – which is a pity, because I still love trains, and ducks, and icecream.

Happily, Theo is still tempted by adventures in nature, ideally on the ocean and involving fishing. So, with the prospect of a trip to Northland, and the lure of two fishing charters, I had him hook, line and sinker.

But you don’t bribe a boy with fishing, then blow all your collateral on day one – and bearing in mind we had a few days in the beautiful Bay of Islands – I decided we’d start with a walk and, while it took a bit of effort to convince the adolescent that a hike would be fun, eventually I wore him down.

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I decided we’d tackle the Paihia to Ōpua Coastal Path (5.5km one way) because it started very close to our marvellous motel, The Admirals View and, being low tide, it meant we could do a chunk of it along the rocky shore.

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