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... who lives in the country. We went to the town of Russell using the local ferry and found our first campsite which we practically had to ourselves. The town of Russell was the site of NZ's first British settlement which missionaries at the time described as the 'hellhole of the Pacific.' Well unfortunately all the brothels and drug dens had closed down by the time we arrived. What was left was ...
... playing catch together on the lawn. Yay!
We booked the motor boat for 11 and started packing up gear and food. We were so excited that we showed up at the I-site before 10:30. The guy was running late due to a dentist appointment in Pahia so we cruised the town and bought ill-fated kid's fishing poles.
The boat arrived around noon and we were off on our adventure shortly there after. It was a ...
... but some cover their grape vines with netting.
We arrived at our hotel at about 3:00 pm and we are very tired of driving. Our room was not ready so we went and got a few groceries and then it was ready. It is very nice. We went for a swim in the pool, had supper and then went for a walk uptown. It is very TOURISTY but nice. I guess cruise ships come in here on Sundays.
Back in our room relaxing and catching up on my journal and Blog.
... area in 1819 and were welcomed by Hongi Hika, the Maori chief of the Ngapuhi nation. The chief visited England in 1820 where he was showered with gifts. On his way back to New Zealand, during a stop in Sydney, he traded many of these presents for muskets.
With the advantage of these prized weapons he began a five year campaign of attacking the historical enemies of the Nagapuhi returning to the region with many slaves from ...
... the day. We had planned a day laying on the beach but unfortunately it was drizzling today and there were some ominous looking clouds around so instead we drove down there, parked up and enjoyed the views from inside. Today was only ever about one thing for Pete and that's christmas dinner. We had booked a pub on the harbourside called "The Duke of ...