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... took it all in for a little while. Matty was eager to get in so he weighed up a few different spots before settling on the first rock pool we'd seen. By this point it was about 3pm and I'd mentioned I was a little worried about the tide coming in both on this side and the other side of the hillside. Matty told me to stop worrying and that I worry too much. So for the next hour and a half I sat and watched whilst he sat in the rock pool watching a star fish and taking photos. I ...
... weight: normal;">One small town here has public bathrooms to make reading material superfluous. A modern artist, Hunderwasser, went wild with coloured glass, pottery pots, cement and bottles. Not unusual today for a person to yell in before entering the sacred ground of the other sex to see what other whimsy awaits - some with camera in hand.
So Greg and Lois collected me at 9 am and we set off for the Bay of Islands.
After a non stop chattering drive we arrived just before lunch.
What a beautiful place!!!
Accommodation is top class...more than adequate!
We took a walk around a street market and bought some fresh produce then headed back to have lunch.
The family have now all gone to catch a quick nap so...perfect time to catch up on the ...
... Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. We got talking to a German couple there after taking their photo and spent a fair bit of time wandering around reading the signage about the local environment, fauna and Maori legends.
We decided to walk down along the headland to Te Werahi, the awe-inspiring beach we could see from the top, which took about 45 minutes. There was nobody down there except some oystercatchers so it was a beautiful spot to just sit and reflect.
- One night in Auckland (trying to cancel Kiwi) - Bus up to Paihia, green rolling hills all the way! - Paihia was a really nice small town - Foe £30 a night we had our own kitchen, bathroom, bedroom & lounge/diner with a flat screen. - went ...