Trip Start Feb 17, 2005
Trip End Feb 27, 2006

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Friday, March 4, 2005

The last couple of days have been real chill out days!

On Wednesday I went on an all day cruise around the Bay of Islands which was very nice and relaxing. Unfortunately I didn't get to swim with the dolphins, but I saw plenty of them and it was great to see them frollicking around in the sea! The weather started off pretty cloudy but in the afternoon, the sun emerged and it was great for my tan!

After spending about an hour following the dolphins, we went to the "Hole in the Rock" which was alright but in my opinion, it is a little overrated! There are so many cruises to this hole but it isn't much different to the one in Flamborough! Still, I took some photographs and enjoyed sitting back and relaxing as we made our way there.

We were then taken to a really quiet island where we ate our lunches and generally just relaxed on the beach. I had a quick swim in the sea and then took some photos of the gorgeous surroundings. I got talking to a lady from Norwich who had been all over New Zealand in just 4 weeks! It's good to talk to people who have done the South Island already as it gives me tips for when I eventually reach there...whenever that may be!

I spent much of the following day with Javier down at one of Paihia's beaches. He really is a nice guy. He met a Kiwi girl in Auckland soon after he arrived in New Zealand, and so he'd been there for 3 months until she started acting "strange!" Needless to say, I could identify with his experiences! So he decided to come up to Paihia to get away from it all. Soon he is heading south too so I have no doubt that I'll meet up with him again in the future.

Two of Javier's friends from Auckland were in Paihia that day and he had arranged to meet them in a bar later that evening. He asked if I wanted to go along and so I did, and it was a nice night with a few beers, a pizza, and finally some time on the beach watching the stars! It turns out that one of the girls, Emily, is from York and so I enjoyed discussing the merits of The Gallery and Toffs with her!

As the girls had to be up early the following morning (the old excuse!), they headed off to their hostels at about 11pm but Javier and me went to the Saltwater Lodge Bar and had a couple more drinks and watched the karaoke! He loved it because he says it helps him with his English!

On a side note, I heard from Nicole re the skydive who basically sent me a text message saying "Do it but don't eat anything first!" which didn't fill me with confidence! However, she did say it was "amazing" and "fantastic" and "the best way to see the bays" and so I'm very tempted to do it. Unlike the bungy jump though, I already feel nervous about it and I haven't even booked it yet!

I think that the skydive will be more of a trauma than the bungy...

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