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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Grand Hotel Whangarei
All was good. The facilities were good. The room size was good.
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... climbed aboard.
It's a replica tall ship, built in the style of those used to sail to New Zealand in the past. It has been around the world, it's voyage following the route of those who would have emigrated to New Zealand, leaving Portsmouth, passing the Canary Islands, rounding Cape Town, crossing the Indian Ocean to Australia before finally reaching New Zealand.
Our voyage on the tall ship wasn't quite that long, just heading out into ...
... a cubicle, and I wasn't about to leave the toilet and asked, so I stayed put for a few minutes to allow those who may have seen the flash to leave, then I casually walked out as if nothing had ever happened. The other unique thing about Kawakawa, beside it's designer toilets with strange people taking pictures, is its steam train. We had read about this, but forgotten about it, so when we were out wandering down the high street it came as a bit ...
... the residual wind, leading me to sheepishly abandon the barbeque and finish off the meal on the hob. That’s the problem with outdoor cooking: the notion is so much more appealing than the reality.
Early the following morning we set off to Dive! Tutukaka in glorious sunshine for our diving day. The journey to the islands took about an hour, then we were given an introduction to the islands’ history and wildlife by the boat’s captain Darren, ...
... the hills and the morning has a feeling of autumn about it. "The Captain" keeps his foot on the gas as we are trying to catch the 11am ferry across the Waihou Rivers to Rawene. Alas we arrive at the small quayside to see the ferry about 4 metres off shore and on its way across the river! The quay facilities and inhabitants are limited - in fact there is a sign board and 3 chickens! so, one of the great advantages ...
... went to the lagoon and met the girls there, sunbathed for a couple hours then went and got a sandwich for lunch then sunbathed a bit more... Was a nice chilled out day, I headed back to the hostel about 5ish and decided to book the rafting trip for tomorrow, it's quite expensive but hopefully will be worth it and we get a BBQ lunch!! Only problem is I have to get up at 6!! I ...
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