Bay of Islands

Trip Start Jan 06, 2007
Trip End Mar 03, 2007

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Yeah well we woke up a little worse for wear the next morning. I could have spent weeks at this place but it was alas time to move on. The guys at the Farm Gave me some advise about where the stunning beaches where to be found. We spent a good portion of the morning cruising around the Bay of Islands. First we stopped at Oke Bay a gorgeous spot over a small hill from a twin bay. After stumbling on some rather naked old people sunbathing on the beach who fled as soon as we arrived we got back and drove into Russell the main little town of the Bay. This place was had the real holiday destination feel about it and was swarming with sun woreshippers. We spent quite a bit of time in this idallic town before cruising on and past the Nationally important Waitangi grounds, where the treaty was signed (You have to pay to actually see the place , C'mon NZ!!). Next we caught the little car ferry over to Paihia and zommed past Kerikeri.

We had past sooo many campsites and I was really ready to stop driving, but none had seemed quite right, we wanted a supberb beach and we eventually found it at Matauri Bay north of the Bay of Islands. The drive down to the campsite was again stunning only best described as a 'mini bay of Islands' and the owner of the site was superfriendly. We pitched the tent and were swimming pretty quickly. We went for a quick swim around the point to a secluded little bay with tiny little shell strewn beaches and large rocky outcrops.After that we lounged on the beach went for a few more swims and then started on dinner which included some fesh shell fish that we had collected form the beach.

At dusk we also climbed the massive hill overlooking the beach. The hill has a monumnet to the Rainbow Warrior, A greenpeace ship that was bombed by French agents in Auckland Harbour in the 80s. The wreck of the boat was brought her to be left as a marine reserve and dive site rather than just being scrapped. The monument consists of two massive stone pillars made from locals rock and a thread of large stones forming a rainbow. The brass properllar of the boat sits in the middle. Its situated ontop of this stunning hill with the beach on one side and sheer cliffs on the other.
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