David & Kay's New Zealand Trip 2008 travel blog

The Meeting House - Te Whare Runanga.

Sunset from our balcony.

OK finally found somewhere that has a card reader - so be warned if you come out here BRING YOUR OWN. Trying to catch up as today is Monday 14th April.

Anyways, woke up to yet more blue sky and sunshine - hope your weather back home is as good.

Left motel and drove to Waitangi Treaty Grounds, just north of town. Saw a show called "Memories of Time", which is a performance by 3 maoris telling how NZ was formed, and then how it was found by a Polynesian explorer. At the end the young lad did the "Hake", which is a form of greeting. The maori take this very seriously, and practice hard to make sure this is perfect. It makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

On north, stopped at little village called Kaeo, blink and you miss it, but had a good steak & mushroom pie.

Countryside getting more rugged and rural up here. Lots of sheep and cattle. Some have been moved from down south as they have had a drought for the last 4 months.

Drove to Mangonui, small fishing town. At information centre booked coach trip next day to visit Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. Booked for 2 nights into motel called Waterside Apartments run by Maureen & Dave Vousden. Room large and spacious, with balcony overlooking the bay.

Went for tea to Mangonui Fish & Chips - described as the best fish&chips in the world. They didn't have Blue Snapper, so had Haruka fillets. The batter was light and crispy and the fish firm and juicy - excellent. We both enjoyed it washed down with a glass or two of wine.

Back to room as early start tomorrow.

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