Orongo Bay Homestead
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This morning we picked up our lovely Hugo camper and headed towards Russell and The Bay of Islands. We bumped into Calum's friend (who worked at the camper place - small world!) and then got going. Had a lovely trip up here - the scenery is beautiful! Had a few stops off along the way - especially to admire the gorgeous views. We didn't stop along …
Today we met Nick, captain of the Vigilant - a 42ft boat taking us around the Bay of Islands. It was amazing. We passed some truly awesome sites (including the celebrity hideaway that costs $15,000 a night!). We were taken ashore to explore a beach and lookout then went back to the boat for lunch. We saw a penguin, dolphins, lots of gulls and crabs …
... s really a fascinating thing to see if you’ve never seen it before.
Over supper we got to know our new family for the next 5 days a little better. We have one older lady from Wales, an older couple from Brisbane, a family of 4 with 2 boys ~10-11 years old from Sydney, one woman from Toronto, and then 2 guides- one that was born and lived in Oregon for about 20 years then came here and one that was born in Poland, grew up in Germany, and is ...
... her cabin boy went looking for a trip on a boat to the hole in the Rock. We settled on a trip consisting of a ferry to an island? Then transfer to another boat for a straightforward trip to the hole through the hole and back, decided not to do the 'Whole Day Dolphin' bit as didn't want to push my luck re being in a boat for a long time !! Lol
Though she did say we could stay in Russell for a look around and make our own way back via the ferry so seems like a good idea so ...
... off the jetty into the water. They do that a lot here - we have seen them jumping off pontoons, bridges and even waterfalls! But I guess they have the weather for it.
Our last evening before heading back to Auckland was spent in Russell, at the Duke of Marlborough, the oldest licensed premises in New Zealand. A perfect spot by the water.
Then back to Auckland for our last couple of ...