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... I have ever been to, sitting on the coast and entrance to the 'Bay of Islands' (144 separate islands discovered by Captain James Cook). Day one began early (something that seems to have become a norm for us) and our first stop was at a giant Kauri forest, which is the native tree to NZ. Due to its hardiness and size (up to 50m), kauri trees were used to manufacture boat hulls and masts (there's your first fun fact for today, don't worry more are on the way!). After ...
... the hillside which was pretty much a rainforest. Climbing up the hillside on a pathway made out of mud is not easy let me tell you. This being made even harder by the fact on this side of the hill there were no trees to grab hold of. The only thing to stop you falling back down were the tuffs of grass which hadn't quite worn away from people walking there. That's all well and good but 1, tuffs of grass do not hold your body weight, yes you can grab on to them but you just end up ...
... were before going to check in at base. We checked in and as we were staying for three nights we asked for a private room with shared bathrooms, which seems to be our norm since Melbourne. Luckily they had one left and it wasn't that much more expensive so we went for it. If we were in dorms, we would not enjoy our time as much here and we didn't want that! After keeping track in our diary of all the activities we were doing and what time and where we had ...
... stays away from his neighbour in close to equal measure. Quite something.
- I have to mention the fresh fruit and veg – the avocadoes, figs, oranges, pineapple are
like eating candy. We stop at markets at every chance to load up again.
... 1840 when the Treaty of Waitanga was signed, but once the capital moved to Auckland it became something of a sleepy backwater. In the 1920s, American Western writer Zane Grey came to fish for marlin, and Russell is still a game fishing centre today. We saw the pretty Russell Church, claiming to the the oldest in NZ and also the Pompallier ...