Oceans Resort & Hotel Tutukaka
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We left Dargaville Saturday morning without further delay, it being a very uninspiring town, and drove to the Kauri Museum at Matakohe. This was an excellent museum with massive kauri trunks showing the age of the tree, machinery used in the old felling years and hundreds of examples of the gum they used to get from live kauris and from underground …
... and an overview of the islands and marine life we can expect to see on our dives. We then jumped in the water and started our first dive. It was a little chilly upon entry but bearable. The dive site was one big kelp garden. We saw a few moray eels, scorpion fish and lots if snapper but other than that it was not overly impressive. I was also starting to get really cold half way through the dive so couldn't wait to get out.
We warmed ourselves up with a nice coffee and had ...
... I hand over my own BCD (buoyancy control device), regulator and computer. All the gear gets tossed into a dive bag and "valet-ed" onto one of the outgoing boats. This is what my dive buddies back home would call "posh".
Once onboard the dive boat, I'm assigned a dedicated divemaster. Axel, a Swede, has such a cherubic countenance that I fight the urge to tilt my head at him and say, "Awwww!" Despite his youth, he is experienced, ...
Dan the kayak man had told us to come back in the morning for some advice on places to see around the bay of islands, so after dragging ourselves out of the tent and into the car we drove to his beach shack by 9:15 to hear his recommendations. He showed us some small roads along the coast that he takes on his surfing trips, and said that we would see some of the best beaches in NZ. What a nice chap! Back to camp, took tent down and checked out. Filled up with petrol, bought a picnic ...
Yesterday we took another car ferry over to a town called Russel. Its a beautiful picturesque town, it was one of the first for settlers in New Zeaand and was a port full of brothels and alcohol! When we were there they were carrying out a reinactment with women and men dressed up - its was quite funny to watch.
(BTW - we learnet that brothels are legal in new zealand currently)
We set up again on a DOC site but we have our solar shower so we are able to ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free parking
Great value at 99 dollars, there was little point in paying another 50 dollars for harbour side for one night when it gets dark at 6.00 pm. Room was very spacious, with a large bed and a good shower. With the sun out on that side late into the day it was also very warm, I suspect the other side would have cooled down much quicker.
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