Welcome to beauty and the history to NZ
Trip Start Jul 11, 2009
144Trip End Jun 10, 2010
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the day before that, due to rain, and i mean rain, auckland flooded in some places, just chilled out and watched movies, thats why i love CS you can do that!!
Bay of islands is the place Paihia is famous for, and when you enter inot it down the hill it sure is beautiful!!
i love traveling just for the peple you meet!
i met an awesome deutch woman on the bus, she just flown in and fell asleep so fast, jet laged is not fun
but the ride was great too, because got to see NZ
lots of greenery, farms, towns then no towns until 50km then another town, very similar to OZ, so different to the UK
arrived to Paihia and didnt realy have any idea where i was going, the beauty of travellig on your own you sort of have to aks anyone, so i did and got a lift to my accomdodation!! so grateful!!
i have ot say i havent actually met a bad kiwi yet
today spent some time looking at the treaty grounds
this is where in 1840 the british settlers and governement came in and finally signed an agreement to share the land with the moari people
it was really interesting place to see and it was great to learn how New Zealand came to be as it did today
the moari moved to the island 1000 years ago and white man as they call the people that came in evry so often used to come ovcer to the land to kill whales, and other species and take them home, when they saw the maori they used to give them, metals, pots and guns too to be able to stay on the land to hunt and fish
then overe time british, irish and other europeans immigrated across to the NZ, whihc caused conflict, so the treaty caem about to stop all this happening
apart from learning this at the museum is also the grounds whre the treaty was signed, and also other items to celebrate the treaty
the hostel owner was actually a Maori and it was great to actually see when i was up further north how maori get along with the people that came in and shared the land
of course there is still conflict, but the country next door in OZ you dont see the same bond
i also spent the day walking to a waterfall which went thorugh mangroves and rainforest, it was a beautiful walk, and it was great that there was sun and not just rain!!
also it was great to stay at a hostel too, camped up and met other english people doing the same as me, they have been travelling here but also looking for work too
one english couple had already been here, great thing ive learnt about travelleing is that youi learn so muc from other s who have done that or been there etc, so already learnt some tip swhere to find work or where to go to get certain items