Bay of Islands Gateway Motel
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At 1:30AM, the alarm clock in the room next to us went on - repeating buzzer and fuzzy music, the whole nine yards. Christine awoke and tried to get back to sleep. Around 2AM with Christine going out the door to see if anyone was there I was awoken. We were literally the only guests in this part of the drive up motel. I come to my senses and wander down to the front desk to see if there was an emergency number ...
... the good old English wasp. It was not good to see you.
The next day, not learning our lesson we decided to venture back out to the slurry pit of a bay only to encounter the exact same problem once again. Why did we think a day later would make any difference! Making way to the rocks on the side of the bay we did a spot of muscle picking, which ended up creeping us out so we made a quick evacuation back to shore.
... 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 ...
... are struggling with diseases that are carried into the forest by soil that stuck to the bottom of the hikers shoes, so that we had to wash our shoes before entering the forest.
Nonetheless, we enjoyed the walk through the forest, which led us past 4 more large Kauri trees a lot.
Especially my Mom enjoyed the hike and showed no signs of getting tired with her new hip.
Aside from the large trees ...
... and suggested it would be worth hitchhiking to Auckland instead which is a lot more common here. I went back to the hostel, explained what had happened and asked if I could have some cardboard and a pen. As I started tearing the cardboard up the bus returned and the driver scolded me for not being at the pick up point ten minutes before it was due to leave. It turned out he had driven round the corner to pick up some other travellers and was always coming back, I had ...