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... defiance. Despite reinstatement and military protection, it was felled four times before the war in the north was sparked. It was not to end until the battle at Ruapekapeka Pa.
After a walkabout at Flagstaff Hill we found a little café back in the town for lunch. We picked up a few supplied at the Four Square and headed back to Whangaruru.
Ros had just started 'Gentle Annie’ going for the laundry ...
... wine), don't ask! Thursday 26th Drove to wanaka - through the haast pass. Very scenic. Unfortunately we had to swap buses in Franz and Kiwi Experience gave us a terrible old bus without working air con. Not good when on a long journey with a hangover. Had a few picture stops along the way, a very beautiful drive with flat valleys and steep mountains contrast so much. My description doesn't pay justice. This drive is the gateway from the wet west coast to the ...
... area as any rescue needed would take too long and there is no mobile phone signal available. Moving off the beach we next arrived at the huge sand dunes at Te Paki for sand boarding. Both Mikes had to have a go, hard work climbing the dunes, apparently, but fun coming down! Our next escapade was to visit the light house at Cape Reinga, where the Tasmin Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. Awesome, ...
... across the bay and we were besieged by competitors in both towns. It is a 3 km swim across the bay with a fair head wind yet the swimmers seemed to be really enthusiastic. We took the Ferry! We had $22 NZ left to spend so I bought a couple of Beanies and we had fish & chups on the waterfront before heading back to the ship. The exit from The Bay of Islands was spectacular as the various islands dotted through this area was transversed before our long trek back to ...
... as a giant Waka (Maori war canoe) and flagstaff, all set in extensive gardens with views across the bay.
We had a lazy morning on saturday allowing everyone to recover from a late night. After brunch we took the ferry from Pahia to Russell, about 20 minutes across the bay. This small town was once known as the “hellhole of the pacific” due to it’s crime and general rowdiness but nowadays is a sleepy place consisting of a few cafes, artsy shops and a ...
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