Kingsgate Hotel Whangarei
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The start of this big adventure, or study tour, began with a flight over 'the ditch', landing in Aukland. I knew I'd arrived in New Zealand because as we walked out of customs to the area where families and friends were waiting, there began a traditional Pasifika welcome (which looked and sounded a lot like a haka) . Alas the grand welcome (which …
... headed for a Top 10 Holiday Park! (We had been advised they were good). They were! So we joined onto their discount club and have had 10% off every stay and our ferry at Christmas to South Island! it has already paid for itself! We have also joined an AA scheme that gives us discount fuel (free to join).
We went shopping first, already having an inkling this was a very lovely place! It is full of white historical wooden houses, absolutely ...
... to a shallow area in a smaller cave, which was really cool
because we were only a couple of meters deep - we had to hold onto the sea weeds to keep from getting knocked around, and we got to see all kinds of fish swim past us. At that point the boys were out of air, and so had to surface, but Jo and I still had over 50 bars left, so we
continued on for another 15 minutes. I got to go a bit deeper and chase some fish, and I managed to actually pet a couple of ...
... We also enter a couple of large caves too. It’s a nice dive, and pretty long too considering we bottomed-out at over 30m! We break for lunch, during which the skipper shows us the sights of the Poor Knights above water – it’s really nice! Then we head to our second dive site, Cleanerfish Bay, and follow the same pattern. This is less of a wall dive, we’re skimming across the kelp beds instead amongst some huge boulders, ...
... won yet again by Carlene!
And then we were off up north to Russell in the Bay of Islands to meet up with Bill, Kirstie, Becca and Hannah again. They’d Christmas-ed (if that’s a word) in a beautiful house looking out over the bay with family and friends. We joined them for an afternoon at the beach in which Evie and Becca kayaked out onto the sea and saw a little ...