Bay Sands Seafront Studios
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- Wheelchair accessibility
- Kids activities or Babysitting
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We left Auckland for the drive north to the Bay of Islands stopping off at the Puhoi pub for Ian to relive his youth! More buildings there than 40 years ago but inside still quirky with signed bank notes on the ceiling and lots of photos of people who had been there including Billy Connolly! We had a detour to Magawhai cliffs and found a stunning beach where we had lunch. Views of Hen and Chicken Islands! Good name! On to Paihia to our motel and a quick dip in the ...
Today we visited another waterfall – Rainbow falls. Which was cool for a mooch around and some photographs, before moving on to Waitangi to the treaty grounds. For those that don't know, this is where the Waitangi Treaty was signed almost 200 years ago, the Waitangi Treaty is a pretty big deal here as it is basically the big legal document that brought together the interests of European settlers and the Maori population of NZ, paving the way for NZ to flourish as it ...
... begin to try to explain it all here, but it was fascinating to learn all about it ‘from the horses mouth.The final destination on the treaty grounds was the magnificent carved meeting house (Te Whare Runanga). It was created as a symbol of the founding partnership between the indigenous Maori and European settlers. We were greeted with a Traditional Maori welcome outside the meeting house before being allowed to enter, but not without ...
... boat that you might not get in the water. If the dolphins have any babies or juveniles with them, if they’re feeding or if they’re sleeping you are not allowed in the water with them. They are also very clear about the fact that you must swim with the dolphins, not just float around. You are in the water to entertain the dolphins, not the other way around.
Someone asked straight up if the morning tour got in the water ...
... and look out to the flagpole – and the bay beyond – that is the spot the Treaty was first signed. Then we head back to meet our guide – a local Maori who it turns out is actually a fifth-generation descendant of one of the local chiefs who signed the Treaty 174 years ago! He’s very knowledgeable and engaging, and we learn more about the history of the Treaty and the signees on both sides. We also look at some of the wakas, or war canoes, ...