The Bay of Islands
Trip Start Nov 16, 2005
36Trip End Apr 11, 2006
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Luckily, we booked our place in Paihia for two nights, as it was full when we arrived - it was called Capt. Bob's Beachhouse - it was a great spot - ocean views and brilliant sunsets - we could eat supper and breakfast out on the balcony looking out to sea - the place was a real gem - spotlessly clean and very comfortable. It took us 4 hours to drive from Auckland but, the road was very good - motorway out of the city for quite a way. We stopped for lunch in Whangerei - the main city of the Northland - there are some great restaurants here and we had lunch in Mokaba - it was up to scratch. After lunch we visited the Whangerei Falls where we had a lovely walk to the Falls and observed them from two viewing platforms and then walked along the side of the river. Near the restaurants there is the Clapham Clocks Collection - a museum of clocks.
That evening we took the local ferry across to Russell - this is a very old colonial town. We had a walk to the Yacht Club and then back to see the splendid weatherboard Christchurch church, built in 1836 - most likely the oldest surviving church in NZ. Charles Darwin gave money for the building of this church. There are lots of Maori and Settlers graves in the cemetery and the kneelers in the church are beautifully embroidered bu the Maoris. This place is also noted for honeymooners as it is so quaint with lovely B&B's and restaurants. In the 1820's the population was made up of convicts, deserters and sailors who jumped ship!
Having expored the place, we went back on the ferry, had supper and watched a video before retiring for the night.
17th Feb.... a day at sea on a marvellous yacht.
Started out after breakfast for the dock in Paihia, where we had booked on a 65ft yacht to spend the day in the Bay of Islands
Home to an early night after a long day but enjoyable day in the sun. I would love to have spent more time here and done some more island hops but our old enemy time took over!