Allure Lodge Paihia
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... now and then. A cyclist. Look up and down this beach. You can see for miles, and hardly any people. The very definition of an empty beach. Swimming here is a no-no. The water too rough, the waves cascading, one after another, only maybe ten or 15 seconds between them. The water is a dull blue-green reflecting a grey sky with only hints of blue, until, lo and behold, no clouds at all, just blue sky. The ride is bumpy, but not terribly ...
... a ceremony took place between the Maori and Busby in which it was announced that by royal decree "he would reside among the Maori to afford better protection to both New Zealanders and British subjects". This ceremony is said to be the pre cursor to the Waitangi Treaty. The church reverend who translated the royal decree is said to have referred to this area as 'pai (meaning good in Maori) here' and that is reportedly how the name Paihia came to ...
... oh dear, that’s nearly half of what we paid for 43 days! The guy was clearly not happy with their deal but managed to stay in good spirits as we continued to talk to them.
The following morning as we were getting ready for a walk, our neighbour came over to ask if he could take a look in our van to build up a solid case for when we complained to Spaceships. As we closed our big side door he realised that we ...
... be released into the wild. They breed when they are 5 years old. Their future is not too rosy because of all the predators. There are about 70,000 left in the wild so they are doing better than the Takehe but still pretty bad.
Anyway we went out to explore the heritage centre. This is where timing was a bit off, it looks like they have a miniature railway club and there are tracks all round the park with a beautiful restored full size station but only run on ...
... and there were many more fish to be seen.
The rays were missing but I did see a scorpion fish and a moray which was sitting head first in it's cave.
Back at the boat the ice between the passengers had broken and everyone chatted away with everyone on the way back to Tutukaka harbour while baking in the afternoon sun on the edge of the pacific Ocean.
Back at land with solid ground under our feed and exhausted from a long day at sea we took ...