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- although religion and royalty have wasted untold money, they created some beautiful stuff
- however, “death to the aristos” seems fair enough to me
- the answer to comfortable airline travel is excellent drugs
- cats believe that they must punish you for leaving them
- soccer (football) is the only truly “world” game
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... br> Back home for quick gear change then off to the very quaint winery a few Ks away. Gorgeous setting and nice way to end the day and trip.
All the boys went for a boogie sesh and then Mellow dinner and TV before bed. Very nice day.
Sat Mar 22
Morning walk with L. She bought her jade. Pack up and drop rod off at I-site.
Quick stop in Whangarei for 20 minute boardwalk ...
... There was in fact a whole pathway with no seaweed which we hadn't noticed on the way in which could have been handy but hey. Our skipper had made us a picnic lunch but didn't make enough rounds of sandwiches so I had to have his one. This was great because everyone knows you'd make your one the best one anyway. Lunch was a bit stingy though, a sandwich, small biscuit and piece of fruit. We sat through a few boring tales of sailing to the islands around New ...
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On the advice of our hosts, we use the day to visit Waitangi, the site of the signing of the treaty between the British and the Maoris in 1840. This sort of explains why Russell became the first capital of NZ and a rip roaring place it became so that Charles Darwin described it as "the land of cannibalism, murder and all atrocious crimes!" This is a phrase reported by all local residents who seem to be quite pleased ...
... and in the early 1800's was the major re-provisioning place in the South Pacific. As a result it was full of drunkenness and dens of iniquity so the sailors who had been at sea for months could enjoy themselves.
Now it is a sleepy town with lots of historic buildings, including the oldest pub in NZ.. well the Licence is No1 but the building was transferred to the site in 1930's, replacing the previous one that had burnt down. While ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking