Ounuwhao Harding House
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You have a couple of days at leisure in the Bay of Islands.
Russell is the historic capital of New Zealand and has a very warm and friendly atmosphere. It is now a quiet town with a delightful waterfront and a selection of excellent seafood restaurants.
If you would like to learn a bit more about New Zealand history then I would recommend a visit to the Waitangi Treaty grounds today. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed here in 1840 and has been a point of dispute to varying degrees ever since. Set in beautiful grounds overlooking the Bay there are various informative displays and you can also watch …
... and it is a lovely spot. We went for lunch at The Pear Tree and are pleased to report that it is still excellent.
After lunch we drove to Waitangi to see the grounds where the treaty was signed in 1840 between the Maori Tribes and the British Crown. Waitangi Day is celebrated on 6 February.
The waka house on the site houses the world's largest ceremonial war canoe - 35metres ...
We thought we would explore the area by foot and had picked up this leaflet at the tourist office. The walk goes from Paihia, where we are, to Russel. The distance is not that long but it should nevertheless take us about 6 hours. 6 hours. It's a bit long... Anyway we decided to go for it.
In a relatively short distance you get to see mangrove, rain forest, dry land, sandy beaches, oyster farms,...etc. And the flowers and plants are of amazing shape and colours. Of ...
... movements so his hand was never far off the steering wheel, I thought to myself just leave me alone I can do this, but let him do it if it settled his nerves. Daisy kept looking over very worriedly too. As I have a need for speed when I got a nice gust of wind in the sail I kept it there and we picked up some fabulous speed and I actually went the fastest out of all the volunteers - hitting over 7 something and yes I was rather smug about this. During my time ...