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... the drive on up toward Russell, we had the pleasure of seeing not one but two rainbows, and the second one was a double rainbow. This was the first time I can ever remember seeing a double rainbow. Who knew I’d have to come all the way to New Zealand to do it. I actually just learned a few weeks ago (don’t ask why) that double rainbows are caused by light being reflected inside the rain droplets twice instead of just once like what happens with ...
Friday 20th Very early start to catch the ferry from the north island to the south. Fairly sure we were all still drunk from going out the night before. Spent most of the day on the bus travelling to Kaiteriteri. Started to realise that I had been destroyed by insects in river valley, most probably sand flies. My ankles feet and toes had swelled up so much, they have never been so itchy in my life. I seemed to be the only person that had got it bad... Arrived in ...
... a young calf in the pod. Lotte seemed to like them too, shouting 'dolfijnen!' and 'jump jump jump' when they leapt out of the water. A really wonderful experience.
We continued on past the 144 islands making up the bay and right out to sea, where the skipper pointed out various notable sights, including the lighthouse and some natural formations. And then he took us to, and through, the Hole in the Rock. The Maoris ...
... going to go ashore and meet the Maoris. They anchored the tall ship (I think it was in year 1772 or 1773 I don't remember) and then they were going to row ashore. The rowboats they had had to be towed sitting backwards so the natives thought they were Devils with eyes in the back of their heads and began doing a spiritual dance and ceremony to basically exorcise the demons while the Europeans were rowing in. The Europeans thought this was an aggressive and challenging ...
... certainly can be seen in the preserved historical buildings. We ventured into one of the cafes for a delicious Apple Lemon Crumble and a coffee as we explored this quaint little town.
Wednesday was another golf day as we made a return trip to the Waitangi Golf Club. We were the first group out for the day and had all kinds of time to enjoy the spectacular views this course has to offer.
On another ...