Atawhai Beachcomber Resort
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... t have had the means to visit without faithful Mary. We also have Marjorie a heart attack when we wilfully ventured down a gravel road to see Ninety Mile Beach, which is apparently a registered road. We weren't quite brave enough for driving amongst the waves just yet. The roads may be windy, ridiculously so in places, but the scenery was been beaut. We have also seen our fair share of wildlife; turkeys crossing the road, pukekos exploring the ...
... Maori cemetery) and there all to ourselves was a pretty good view of the neighbouring islands and the beautiful inlets with their crystal clear waters.
The Bay of Islands are an iconic sight due to their lush rolling green hillsides which meet the deep blue Pacific Ocean. They are also home to an abundant of birdlife species, some of which however are endangered which means that foreign pests such as mice, rats ...
Lois, Olive and I took a cruise to the hole in the rock and also were blessed to see two pods of dolphins.
In the evening we took the ferry across the water to Russel and Greg took "Hi 3 ladies" to dinner at the Duke of Marlborough...very posh!!!
We arrive at Waitangi day, the most important day in the New Zealand year. It marks a treaty signed by the Brits and the Maori's mainly detailing land rights, which weren't upheld by the Brits.
Many maori's commiserate the day, and we were warned of violence and protests but we arrive to a huge market and traditional dragon boat races.
We cross the bridge and I head up to the treaty grounds. ...
... 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 ...