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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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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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Feb 4, 2014 - Bay of Islands, New Zealand

From Auckland we travelled north to an area called Bay of Islands – so named because of the 140 land masses clustered just off the coast of the mainland. The day dawned a little overcast but still warm and we were hopeful for good weather for the all-day sailing excursion we were headed out to. I’d found a couple on-line who owned their own sailboat and did small group tours of the area for a very reasonable price. They were highly recommended on Trip Advisor so I’d booked with them months in advance. The day turned out to be all that we’d...

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Jan 16, 2012 - Diving

We spent yesterday exploring the very far north of the island and looked out over the rough waters where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific. Now heading south we've reached the Bay of Islands. A bit touristy compared to where we've been, but we're sorting out some diving for the next few days. Possibly the Rainbow Warrior and definitely the Poor Knights islands. Hot and sunny here now!

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Dec 20, 2011 - Bay of Islands

After 4 nights in Auckland, we headed up to the Bay of Islands. Besides being beautiful, it's a very important place historically for New Zealand. It's the site of the first permanent English settlement (Russell) and also where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. This treaty was an agreement between the Maori and the English and, depending on which version you read, gave the British the right to govern the Maori and in return gave the Maori complete rights as British citizenship. The Maori version states that the Maori would retain...

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Feb 7, 2011 - Bay of Islands, New Zealand

After 2 days at sea, we arrived at the beautiful Bay of Islands, New Zealand. It is correctly named as it consists of over 140 small islands and outcrops. Some even argue, that it has several more at low tide...that may be a stretch. We took a 3 hour catarmaran cruise to see the beautiful islands and rock formations close up aboard a fast catatmaran and took in the historical sights of Captain Cook's landing ( whom discovered the islands for England in 1769 ) and the home of the writer Zane Grey, the famous Cape Brett Lighthouse and the...

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Feb 7, 2011 - NZ 2 Bay of Islands

Off to Bay of Islands first thing but as it is Waitangi Day Paul insisted we book. This is in commemoration of the signing of the Treaty between the English and the Maoris in the 1800’s. After many phone calls finally got a B&B Longhouse run by Mike and John in Haruru Falls 2 k from Piahai. Paul spoke to them and booked us in and said Roy had to have black pudding for breakfast. We had so many laughs as Paul said they were a couple of ‘horses huffs’ (puffs), it was exceptionally cheap but looked okay. It was incredible and yes they were Gay...

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Mar 28, 2010 - Bay of Islands

The day after the wedding Frode and I drive north to the Bay of Islands with my parents and sister, katie. We have rented a house near Russel and have 4 nights there. Our jaws drop as we walk in and we are all drooling and sighing and in a state of disbelief its so lovely. our first afternoon we park ourselves firmly on the huge deck in the sunshine and there we stay. Day 2 is a little rainy but we are quite happy just reading books and relaxing after the last 2 weeks of high pace tourism. The place is perfect for the task at hand: To...

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