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The following morning was nice and sunny so we decided to book our trip to the islands for that day and by 11am we were aboard our bright yellow capsule called the ‘Explorer’ sailing through the many 144 islands that make up the Bay of Islands.
We very quickly realised that the iconic views of the islands that are on the front of every leaflet are of course taken from the air and ...
... had 2 little tacks in it. Luckily it was soon fixed, groceries were restocked and the washing was getting dry. We even got a walk in to the base of Rainbow Falls nearby and found a geocache located close to the camp.
We set off for Whangaruru North about 2pm but it went the long way rather than across on ...
... dinner. We met up with Rose and Bill in the Avenue Saloon for one drink. The weight has started to appear. Even though we walk all the time, and are careful what we eat, the weight is coming on. We are disgusted with that. I did bring some big girl clothes, but Rich did not. Ha, he will be going without his pants soon.
Tomorrow we will be in Auckland, NZ, for two nights. The seas are good, Crystal Serenity gives a good ride.
Until next time...
... at the Dive shop before we got in the car.
Our destination for the day was further north. A town called Russell.
A lot of the drive led along the coast with wonderful tropical sand beaches with people swimming, surfing or just relaxing in the sun or under palm trees.
Along along the way we decided to rather look for a place to stay in Paihia than Russell. It is just on the other side of the Bay of Islands and it would mean we don't need to ...
After a quick café breakfast, we were amused to pick up our rental car from Shortland Street, renowned for the soapie of the same name. After finding the right motorway we were heading north, arriving at Orewa Beach surprisingly quickly. We got out of the car to stretch our legs and walk along the lovely beach there.
We took a scenic road to Goat Island, New Zealand’s first marine reserve. The vibrant colour of the water from the trail ...