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... in the middle for dealing with the fact that you couldn't see the far side from either end. On the Treaty grounds we discovered an incredible view, made even more dizzying by Doedo's new trick of placing the camera on a long stick. We were also surprised to see that most of the place has been converted into a golf course.
We did finally finish our homework and treated ourselves to a ferry ride to Russell and a sunset dinner on the Wharf. ...
Took ferry to Waitangi to visit historic Maori cultural center. Toured site of historic signing of the Waitangi treaty. Jim volunteered to become chief for tour. Much tongue thrusting and eyeball popping by native Maori tribe members....rather intimidating!
Took boat ride through Bay of Islands. Many large and leaping dolphins accompanying us. Visited famous Hole in the Rock.
Back to Russell for fabulous meal on the water at sunset! all together a memorable ...
... NZ still call gumboots ( wellingtons).
Kauri trees only grow in NZ. They are massive, not the tallest but the biggest tree in volume in the whole world. They were very sought after and were cut down in huge numbers and exported for ship building. These magnificent trees were nearly all felled. There are still pockets of Kauri forest left and an active campaign to replant them, watch this ...
... We did the Manginorigina board walk around and took some photos. These trees are about 700years old with the oldest in New Zealand being 1500 years old. They have recently been excavating some from swampy farm land that carbon dated to 45,000 years old. One place, Kauri Kingdom has made a stair case out of the middle of one of these trees. It's fantastic but we were not supposed to take photos for some silly reason hence I could only get a couple. ...
... we made a short stop to Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island before continuing back. Unfortunately we failed to see any dolphins which apparently is very rare not too so have been given a free voucher to travel again - we aren't going to have an opportunity to do this on this trip and so is for sale! This afternoon was then spent doing the Watangi Haruru Falls - Mangrove Walk which ...
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