Travel Blogs from Whangarei
... to see some of the island's and experience sailing on a tall ship. We set sail, literally, hoisting up the sails by pulling on the ropes. We could help out, no idea what we should be doing or when, but under the guidance of the captain and crew we pulled at the right time, and once all the sails were hoisted we caught the wind and sailed through the bay. I've never been sailing, but can see it's appeal. We were sailing in ideal conditions though, sunny, warm, ...
... of the dinghies was just as interesting, oh yes there was two of them one for the oldies and one for the young ones, yep I am an oldie and I am really ok with that. Such a peaceful place but when we were told we only had 2 hours on the island it was a mad rush to get our snorkelling gear on. This is the first time I have ever done this and I took to it like a duck to water. Omg it was truly amazing in fact gob smacking this truly was worth the ...
... host who had earlier delivered the most amusing safety briefing that I think I’ve ever experienced. We spent the morning snorkelling, had some lunch then got set for our dive into the Blue Mao Mao caves, rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top ten dive sites in the world. Unfortunately I couldn’t dive as one of my sinuses was blocked, but Lyndsey dived like a champ with our instructor while I watched from the surface – the water was so ...
... had breakfast at the cafe, with absolutely spectacular views of the sparkling bay below framed by some of the lovely sculptures in the gardens. The breakfast was also a work of art, delicious buttery croissants and eggs Benedict on their own home-baked bagels, and a most-excellent cappuccino...a great way to start our day.
Off to tackle the Russell Road!
Tracy and Doug ...
... filled with a mixture of the impressive and tacky, made from Kauri trees. They grow so slowly that over-cultivation has reduced the stock hugely, so it's now a case of being patient, or digging older, fallen, logs out of the ground. The staircase in the middle of the building, hewn out of the centre of a trunk, is impressive, but by now the tour was a bit 'stop bus, disgorge tourists, give them chance to spend'.
Last stop for the day was a kauri tree walkway that ...
Other places to stay in Whangarei
9 Riverside Drive, Whangarei | 3 star hotelfrom $133
Waverly St., Onerahi, Whangarei | Hotelfrom $92
35 Otaika Rd, Whangarei | 3 star hotelfrom $96
54 Otaika Road, Whangarei | Hotelfrom $64
260 Kamo Rd., Whangarei | Hotelfrom $92
2 Bank St., Whangarei | Hotelfrom $43