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... different spot. We arrived back at the campsite 6 hours later tired and wet but we were glad to have made the most of a day which could have easily been a write off. Even though we were only there for a short period of time in mainly poor weather, you could see that Russell was a really beautiful place. It's a shame we didn't see it in all it's glory but at least there were no other tourists in ...
... Moturoa Island, Motukiekie (a privately owned island of 28.8 hectares), Otehei bay, and Urupukapuka island (the largest island on the bay approx. 520 acres and with Coastline of 13.5km and fine sandy beaches). Then as we approached the open waters again, the captain spotted a school of dolphin! It was spectacular! They majestically swam next to our boat, racing us as the boat would speed up, and curving their bodies in and out of the water. They would swim right in front ...
... pleasant but we were very glad that we went to the other island for our longer stop.It was a really fun outing and we are considering doing it again.
We grabbed some butter and garlic to prepare our dinner victims and then headed home. The tide was still low so all of the boys headed out to collect mussels on the rocks in front of our house while mom kindly started dinner, including a huge pot ...
... kauri tree, which only goes to show how big these trees really are! We also stopped a little further on for a short walk round a protected area of native kauri forest.
We made one further stop before heading back to Paihia, for supposedly "the best fish and chips in the world" - it was nice fish, but I'm not convinced the kiwis can really out do the Brits when it comes to fish and chips!!
The following day was one we'd been quite excited for - ...
... Maori had no concept of individual ownership, so when the early European settlers arrived, the Maori helped themselves to the unsecured supplies of their new neighbors. The Stone Store was built to securely hold settlers supplies such as food reserves, metal tools, muskets and other provisions.
The location of the mission was interesting as it is at the junction of a fresh water stream and an inland waterway leading to the sea.
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11 Gould Street, Russell | Hotelfrom $145