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 ...
... morning, the sun wasn't out which meant it was very cold! So getting in the very cold sea wasn't ideal but it was SO WORTH IT! They came so close to us in the water playing around and you can hear their squeaking underwater. Was definitely the highlight of the trip so far! (For me anyway). We then spent the remaining few hours cruising around the islands including going through the famous hole in the rock!
Tuesday afternoon we made our way ...
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 ...