The Grand Hotel
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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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Bay of Islands to Whangarei
Seasons greetings all. I'm writing to you from Auckland but let me recount my previous few days before I dazzle you with the big city again!
I had a nice, relaxed Christmas day at a backpackers in Paihia in the Bay of Islands and I got to share lunch with Timo (the tourer from Belgium who I met on the West Coast).
On Boxing Day, we did a "Swim with the Dolphins" tour in the Bay. It was a real buzz to find ...
... spot of morning tea, I tell you what I am missing my big pot of tea for morning tea. I think I must have had another one of these dam migraines as I slept the rest of the way even slept through the endless commentary of our bus driver. So it was a very quick trip for me. On arrival we disembark our bus for a bout 15 in a tourist shop of course, so our driver could sort out what everyone was doing. We were then taken to the treaty ground for ...
We travelled up north making good speed.
Our second stop was in Whangarei which was 100 kms from Warkworth and took us about an hour.
We went to the Information Center and established that for the Abbey Caves we wanted to see, we probably needed to have brought helmets, flashlights, pick axes, boots and a rope! Not really for 2 x 60 year olds, a 90 plus in a wheelchair and a 14 year old!!!
... Glowworm Caves, run by a Maori family that has owned the land and caves for many, many generations. We were escorted into the caves by a lovely young woman, who told us interesting stories about the land, their people and the glow worms. There were tons of neat stalactites and stalagmites of all,shapes and sizes, but the star of the show were the glow worms, pinpoints of light all over the cave, looking ...
... looking slightly more expert with a helmet hanging from her backpack-wondered if we were on the right path, but it was just a case of following the main path and there was middle cave. This is a short one, about 90 through, and with a 'tricky climb out' at the end. More pitch black, and this time it occurred to me that my tiny torch was doing a great job, but without it I was banging into the rocks, and I'd had this thing for years without using it: how much battery life could there ...
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