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Friday, 1st Jan 2016
Paihia, rainy, 18 degree
After so much luck with weather during our NZ journey New Year's Eve was a pretty much wet experience. However firework in the bay in front of Paihia and Russel was great.
Everyone a good 2016!
Amelie had to get up early for catching her bus from Tauranga to Auckland (3,5 hrs …
... no luck. The people who run the place live right there so I shine my iPhone light and drag my feet a bit to 'try' and wake them up. No dice. Back in our room I go out the back door and notice that the kitchen window opens a certain amount. I can see in the room somewhat and call out and knock loudly - just to make sure someone was not there and in trouble. I try to stick my arm through the window - no ...
We have arrived at Russell for the rest of our stay. We would like to go for a sail but apparently the weather is coming so we'll see. Even if we can't sail its a nice place to just relax, so we don't mind. Enjoyed a fancy beer at the fancy Duke of Marlborough hotel watching the sun ...
... booked. As with all boat trips they will let us know if it's cancelled so here's hoping .... It's on that is lol.
We had a quiet afternoon strolling round watching boats and did manage a beer break on the pier watching the boats come and go. as the room did not have much in the way of facilities to cook we decided to push the boat out (pun) and eat out. We had seen a restaurant that looked quiet when we passed so we went back there. I have mentioned it's a Bank ...
... in the forest had something of Jurassic Park, with all the ferns and strange plants grown and sounds coming from deep within the forest.
After this the 2 hours and 6 km we had enough of trees and even the viewpoint on the map could not tempt us anymore.
There was still a 100 km drive back to the motel ahead of us.
For dinner we decided to compensate a little for the massive spendings ...