The Sanctuary @ Bay Of Islands
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Woke up to glorious sunshine and met my lovely doormie Noirin from Tory island in Ireland. We went for breakfast together but Noirin then went back to bed as she was dealing with a hefty hangover and I went to book some trips. Skydiving tomorrow and Cape Reinga/90 mile beach on Friday! I spent the afternoon sat on the wharf munching fish n chips, listening to an amazing pianist entertain everyone on the public piano. When I got back to BASE I wrote ...
The sun dropped lower on the horizon casting a golden glow on Orca as we sailed South, to the North behind us the dark band of cloud that went all the way to the sea. Finally we were out of the weather system that we had battled through for what seemed an eternity. At 130nm we were nearly there, and in calm sea conditions, then I saw them. As the sun meets the horizon there they were in the distance with the setting sun behind them, to the Northwest, the "Three Kings Islands" ...
... sat in a little boat, in the dark and freezing cold! After we had paddled out for probably only about 5 minutes, I noticed things in the water starting to light up. It was the bubbles from the paddle of the kayak in front of me that were glowing! We kept going for a little longer and then all stopped by a bay. We all put our hands in the water and shook them about a bit and all the bubbles lit up in a fluorescent green colour. We then all put ...
Day 3: After a quick breakfast we check out of our hotel and head out to the airport to pick up Louise & Peter. They have been in NZ for a week or so already, travelling around the South Island in a camper van. Today they drop their van off and we pick them up for the 3 hour drive up to the Bay of Islands and the location of our house swap. Only problem is we don't have a map or GPS and their pick up location is a couple of streets over from the main drag out ...
GR: For our first big adventure in New Zealand we decided to go it alone and hire a campervan to explore the Northland. After much faffing and hanging around, we picked up Doris, who was to be our ride for the next week. She was a lot more spacious than we had anticipated so we had plenty of space to spread out, and even had our own toilet and shower as well as cooking facilities and a double bed. Because of our late start, we didn't ...