|Today we decided to take a boat over to Russell Island as recommended by the lady at the camp site.
We had a wander round Paihia town and then caught a ferry over (as I am writing this I have just looked in the guide book and realised we could have actually driven there!) Anyway the boat trip was only 15 minutes and as it was a beautiful day it was quite a nice journey.
Upon arrival we saw there was a road with a few shops/bars on it....and that was pretty much it! So we got a snack and sat by the sea and then took the ferry back pretty much straight away....thanks campsite lady!
After this we decided to do a bit of culture vultuaring and went to Treaty House which has special significance in NZ history as it is where the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi took place......which is the following....
The Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand's founding document. It takes its name from the place in the Bay of Islands where it was first signed, on 6 February 1840. This day is now a public holiday in New Zealand. The Treaty is an agreement, in Maori and English, that was made between the British Crown and about 540 Maori rangatira (chiefs).
The grounds are beautiful and it was very interesting.
After this we headed back to ranch for some fud and then some kip!