Bay of Islands

Trip Start May 18, 2004
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Trip End Jul 08, 2013


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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Paihia looked interesting compared to Auckland. Waitangi Treaty Ground was a memorial place not only for me, but also for New Zealanders. I watched a performance of Maoris and saw their large canoe and meeting house. Long time ago, I was impressed by Maori culture showed in the film "Whale Rider", so I was excited at some displays in Waitangi. I also visited Twin Kauri by bike, but it was too far and an offspring of Maori gave me a ride on my way to a pier to take a boat. Even after that, other townies helped me to get to the Kauri. I was so surprised to know New Zealand is a very secure country, because New Zealanders try to pick up even a total stranger. Russell was commercialized as "Romantic Russell", but even after I visited the small town by boat, I didn't know what was romantic. Then I went up to Kerikeri. Kerikeri was a real rural town, but the nature was beautiful especially along a river. I met a few Japanese girls and a hedgehog near the YHA hostel.

Whale Rider trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE7-_Z03Aw4
The New Zealand film was produced in Whangara and released in 2002. Keisha Castle-Hughes was nominated for Best Actress of Academy Award at the age of 13 (the youngest actress nominated at that time).
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