Day out in the bay of Islands

Trip Start Oct 06, 2005
Trip End Oct 04, 2006

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Tuesday, February 7, 2006

We stayed the night at Mary's in Kawakawa and then Lou Lou and I went out for the day to explore the area. We went into Paihia to do a spot of internet and shopping before our trip the next day and then headed to Kerikeri to see the Stone Store on the banks of the Kerikeri river, which was built in 1833 and is the oldest stone building in NZ! Not very old compared to the UK eh? It's full of the type of goods that used to be bartered in the store, including muskets and blankets, as well as diaries and other relics of missionary endeavour. At one time the blanket was worth a pig and a musket cost 8 or 10 pigs (or blankets). The lady at the store didn't offer me anything for Lou Lou! We then passed the Mission House, which is even older..... it was built in 1822! Wow! It's the countries oldest wooded building and contains original fittings and chattels.

We then drove to Rainbow Falls which is 27m high waterfall surrounded by forest. On our way through the forest we spotted some stick insects crawling up some trees and also some cicadas, which are insects in New Zealand which make a cricket like noise when they flap their wings and can be heard constantly.

We then took a car ferry across to Russell to visit the Museum, which has a 1:5 scale model of Captain Cook's Endeavour and information about when he visited the Bay of Islands but it was shut! Everthing closes here at 5.00pm and as we were having so much fun and it was still hot and light we didn't realise the time. It seems that nothing is open in NZ after 5.00pm but I guess with a population of only 4 million people, 1 million of whom live in Auckland, there isn't anybody to stay open for. So we took a stroll around and then headed home to Mary's for dinner.

It was such a luxury to stay with Josie's family as it was wonderful to stay in a home again rather than a 8 bed dorm! Mary and Peter are both Christians too and so we took time to pray together and talk about Churches I could visit while I am here. They were both a real encouragement to me and it was so nice to spend time with them.
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