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... today to the Bay of Islands and are to be staying at a B and B called Decks of Paihia in a town called Paihia. On the way Richard and Carole have recommended we go to the toilet in Kawakawa. This is not because they know about my bladder problem but because it is an architectural wonder. It was designed by an Austrian artist called Frederick Hundertwasser and apparently people come from all over the world to see it. Kawakawa used to be a one horse ...
... the beach. Shaggy was there but looking at the sky so we just left the kayak to grab some lunch. We sat on the beach eating, reading and sleeping. A real chilled afternoon. Later in the day we walked back into town to have a look round which was a nice walk. It was a fun day but it had to end early as tomorrow we have a long day of driving. We will be journeying to the Coromandel Peninsula. I'll let you know how it ...
... we set sail back off we hiked up this hill to get an amazing 360 degree view of the island. Once back on the boat we took it in turns to sail it for whoever wanted to sail. Glen of course being the expert and all was yapping about how it's impossible to capsize it etc. A short while in we fancied a nice cup of tea and a bit of cake. That's what was missing from the day to be honest. The skipper asked if anyone wanted to have a go and I thought it would be rude if ...
... it is known as the leaping off place of spirits. The Maori believed it was here that the spirits of the dead climbed down the roots of the 800-or-so year old tree that sits on the headland and leap off to the sea to start their journey back to the homeland of Haiwaki. It was a beautiful and very peaceful place - I can imagine few better places to sit and remember ancestors or loved ones than this. Cape Reinga is also the meeting place of the Pacific ocean and ...
Today we swam with dolphins, literally one of the most incredible experiences ever! Travelling and doing all these amazing things has made me think about my bucket list, the things I want to do before I die. Some I've already been lucky enough to do, others I may get chance to do at some point on this trip, other things I can see will take a very long time to achieve. There's 50 things on the list and I've already done 17 of them. Here it is, ...
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