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Mar 6, 2017 - Water water everywhere

Our second stop in NZ is The Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands is in the northern region of the North Island. It is a maritime park with 144 islands, secluded bays and superb marine life. Some NZ facts, NZ's land area slightly larger than U.K. Almost three quarters of the population live in North Island. Most of the population is of British descent. The average daytime temperature at the Bay of Islands is 24 degrees centigrade. On arriving we can understand how it gets its name and the scenery is stunning. We are not as lucky with the...

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Dec 15, 2016 - Russell

http://russellmuseum.org.nz Here is another "take" on the founding of Northland. If the link does not work (probably it will not), then try Googling Russell Museum NZ Russell is wonderful! Especially I like a little street cafe named "Hell Hole," which is how Russell was known in its earliest years, as the hell hole of the Pacific. As a souvenir, I am bringing back a "Hell Hole" T-shirt.

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Dec 15, 2016 - Rev. Henry Williams

This is the commemoration marker of the person the Maoris called "Four-Eyes;" he wore spectacles. Henry Williams, Anglican missionary, arrived with his wife in 1823 and played a substantial role in brokering and sustaining the Treaty of Waitingi, 1840. What I find profoundly interesting is the marker was not erected by members of his church, but by members of another community--The Maori Church--on the grounds of the Anglican Church. Tribal warfare among competing Maori factions was fierce. Then whites arrived with muskets, and...

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Dec 12, 2016 - The Bay of Islands Swordfish Club...

Life here is amazing, and "drop-dead" beautiful, if you will. Not much else to say, except it is as close here to getting back to the 1960's as any place I have been. Again, links on this travel website don't work so well, but to see good photos of this spectacular spot, you could Google Bay of Islands, NZ, Paihia, Waitangi, Russell, NZ ...

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Dec 11, 2016 - Kiwi Guys Seem to be Having Real Trouble with This...hmmm??

N.Z. guys prefer bland outer colors, so watch out here for (old) guys who dress in bright colors (e.g. gold) and also have long, blond hair. I never would have guessed! Thinking back five decades, however, it does make sense, even though so much has changed here since then. Country of origin, as I remembered, is no issue here. Nobody asks, really. It is a very international spot. People start a conversation with you, on the spot, if you look like someone friendly and interesting to talk with. What a spectacular place it is, really, for...

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Mar 7, 2016 - Day 4 Bay of Islands

Day 4 one word.....amazing. We got on board the R. Tucker Thompson at 10 am and headed out with 44 other souls into the Bay of Islands with captain Tim at the helm. Had to travel under power as there was virtually no wind but the sails went up anyway for shade. Mick was first to climb up the rope ladder and then he went out onto the bowsprit. Quite the adventurer. He impressed many a younger traveller. After about an hour and a half we stopped at a bay for a swim and walk. The water was pristine, cool and refreshing. We went back to the...

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Mar 6, 2016 - Day 3 The trip to Bay of Islands

Left our digs at Northcote this morning to travel to Devonport for the walk up Mt Victoria. Very steep but short. At the top was a bunker, a signal station, a disappearing cannon and a magnificent view. Had brunch at Esplanade Hotel before heading off for the drive north. Visited the Parry Kauri Reserve en route. Saw a magnificent 800 year old Kauri tree and went on a short rainforest walk. Stopped for lunch at Whangarie a little further along. I had bruschetta, Mick had Thai chicken salad. Got to the vehicle ferry to Russell at about 6pm....

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Feb 28, 2016 - Off to New Zealand

Spent the last day in San Francisco shopping (Deb got major bargain on a handbag in Macys!) then took a historic tram ride from Fisherman’s Wharf back to Union Square, very cool. Took off for Auckland at 7.00pm Monday 1st February, survived the 13 hour flight landing on Wednesday 3rd February at 4.40am, (what did the rest of the world do on Tuesday 2nd February, because we missed it, went into a black hole). Deb slept as usual (heck of a sleep,) and Mark has now at time of writing been awake for 38 hours (or possibly 62, not sure, so...

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Feb 8, 2016 - Bay of Islands

Our last stop in New Zealand is Bay of Islands. This is the subtropical side of New Zealand's North Island. The area is famed for its scenery, fishing, white-sand beaches, and water activities. This is a tender port for our ship, which means there are no port facilities for a ship our size so he drops anchor out in the deeper water and we take the tender boats to get us ashore at Waitangi....kind of like a cruise within a cruise. The Bay has an irregular coastline 500 miles long and encompassing 144 islands. Captain Cook had a hand in...

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Cruisin' Down Under

Jan 11, 2016 - Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Pete had a normal day on the ship and, although they were in port at Bay of Islands, he stayed on board to work and relax. He frequently does not get off in the "island-type" ports because the beach is the only real tourist attraction and he is not that into beach activities! He probably also wanted to catch up on work, etc. that he neglected while he was entertaining his parents last cruise!

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Nov 8, 2015 - Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Pete had a nice visit at Bay of Islands, which is a New Zealand enclave encompassing 140 sub-tropical islands. The area is known for its undeveloped beaches and its Maori cultural artifacts. The high temperatures there are in the 70's right now. Pete did send some pictures from the beach but he said the water is cold. The cruises during this Australian leg of his contract are much longer so they keep the same guests for a longer time than the Asian cruises. The stop at Bay of Islands is on Day 4 of a 14 Day cruise!

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Jan 6, 2015 - Bay of Islands, New Zealand

A lovely little day out, we took the ferry over to Russell to catch a glimpse of the Bay of Islands. On our walk up the hill to the look out, we spotted our first flightless bird, the weka. Historically, New Zealand broke away from the landmass of Gondwana, which included South America, Africa, and Australia, and it reputedly had only one mammal (a bat), allowing a wide variety of flightless birds to thrive. We were super-excited to see this one out in the open until we saw a bus driver feeding it to show the tourists (sigh). Didn't they...

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