Bay of Islands Beach House
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... I assured him we’d be back on board well before then because we didn’t want to miss the cultural performance at 6.30.
Wine in hand, knick knacks purchased, beer in bellies, we were back on the ship by 6.
A local school group gave the most fantastic performance in The Plaza, the World’s atrium or lobby. It was absolutely brilliant. I’ve attached a couple of videos. The quality isn’t amazing ...
... why. Murals on their toilet block showed tartan surf waves and their was a Scottish bar in the town.
We stopped for lunch in the most northerly city of Whangerai, where there had recently been a fruit fly scare, which highlighted the fragility of the country's wildlife. When nature called on our afternoon drive, we could have just pulled over and used our own facilities, however, nothing but the best for my Ruari and ...
... to be well over 2000 years old. They are slow growing. Most of the kauri forests were decimated by the first settlers so those trees that remain are very precious. Once we had spent about 20 minutes at that park we continued until we stopped at a Maori owned cafe and cultural centre in Kaiwaka. We bought coffee and tea there. Next to the cafe they had built a Maori pa which is a fortified village on a hill. There are houses on the top ...
... and saw Tim our guide and Trevor another of our gang.
We headed off to board our boat, Tim was there too, and we realised we were the only passengers who weren't from the huge cruise liner that was moored just off Russell. It was a Celebrity cruise sailing from Auckland through to Sydney.
Our Captain took us out into the bay and he soon realised that there was a huge swell due to some bad weather ...
... to be spoken of.
On our last day there I decided to go by myself to see Tane Mahuta, an enormous Kauri tree in the forest. It was pretty damn impressive (51m tall, which I think means Usain Bolt can run straight to the top of it in under 5 seconds) but alas, I have no photos to show you, so if you really care that much, do a Google image search of Tane Mahuta. The few minutes seeing the tree were great, but I'm not sure if the whole thing warranted an eight ...