Bay of Islands
Trip Start Jan 10, 2005
53Trip End May 10, 2005
The countryside was drier than I remembered, but I know there's been a lack of rain. The roadside fire signs warned that the risk of fire is "extreme".
Paihia is a touristy little place set amonst a paradise of tranquil beaches and quiet bays, dotted with small islands. It is now school vacation for two weeks, so the streets of the town, as well as the beaches were busy with families on holiday.
At the YHA, we once again met up with the two Scottish nurses we met in Oamaru and they were disappointed to learn that Steve was no longer with us
Very closely situated to Paihia is Waitangi where the treaty of Waitangi was signed by the Maori and Britain in 1840. The treaty is an agreement between two peoples to live and work together in one nation. The site overlooks the sea which creates a very dramatic backdrop to a very significant location in New Zealand's history. Tall, stately Norfolk Island pines (not our spindly Canadian indoor version!) add to the majesty.