Oceanside Motel Whitianga
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We set off southwards and headed back to have a look at 'Whangerai'. As we climbed away from the bay and over the hills, we were stopped at a road block. Due to the heavy rain there had been a big rock slip which had part blocked the road but had also left a tree overhanging which could fall at any time.
We turned back and navigated a way …
... we'd do the same again. This time it was our choice: Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship; not only is it just very fitting to the wonderful New Zealand countryside in which much of it was shot, but it also counted as very serious revision for tomorrow... Our 'little' hobbit sized tour of The Shire, in particular Hobbiton. Ridiculously excited to get hundreds of pictures with lots of silly poses - LOTR films are definitely one of my favourites. It almost feels like Christmas ...
The reception here called through to see if the Glass Bottomed boat tour would be running and it was, so we booked up and arranged to be picked up by the boat at Ferry Landing - needed to be there about 10.20. We decided to head off just after 9 to grab a coffee before thr trip. We drove to Ferry Landing but found the cafe shut, so went across the harbour on the ferry, arriving just as Mark the boat owner was launching the boat, so I told him we would now ...
... friendly waves to the passengers between shots. Earlier in the day we had caught the local ferry across the bay to the town of Tairua, a 5min trip and walked the kilometre or so into town. We were the only passengers going over but a family joined us on the return trip a couple of hours later. We saw some nice art and gifts, had an ordinary lunch and bravely battled the wind off the bay coming in through the opening to the ocean as we walked back ...
... looks like he's about to take aim so I immediately turn around to tie my shoes (I didn't even have to fake it, I actually hadn't tied them yet! Huzzah!) and then I heard the pop. Turns out the rifle was only a 22, but at close range it will sure kill a possum. So apparently in the first 10 minutes of killing a possum, you can just pull the fur right out of their skin with no problem. Also, they use possum fur combined with merino wool in clothing here to ...