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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia July 19th 2014

Oh what a dreadful day we woke up to. It just rained and rained and we had wonderful thunder storms. So the four of us stayed in. We had our tasty Shabbat lunch and played Rumikub and Bananagrams. It was a relaxing shabbat and lovely to be together. Allegra House is very comfortable and the Martis have a very nice lounge which can be used by their guests. It even has a piano which Gwenlli was very happy to practice on. In the evening Caroline came with us for a short drive to forage for food. (SCROLL DOWN to see pic of Brita & Heinz if it inexplicably leaves this frame.)... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia July 18th 2014

We were greeted by our host Heinz in his kitchen with freshly ground coffee, cereals, yoghurt, fresh fruit and eggs to order. He was meticulous in ensuring that everything was strictly vegetarian with many vegan foodstuffs accommodating Caroline. There were only the four of us for breakfast and we sat chatting to him for quite a long time. He suggested that the weather might turn and whilst the sun was shining we should take a boat ride out to the Hole in the Rock. Being very involved with the tourist industry here, Heinz booked our tickets with a discount. The sun was shining as we walked down to the wharf. Don realised that it would be his brother Mike's wedding anniversary when we returned home so we bought a card and wrote it out and then ... read more
Hole in the Rock, Bay of Islands NZ

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell June 14th 2014

Well, it’s all over but the packing…all reservations are made, calendars filled, kilos lost in anticipation of the upcoming trip…we had a couple of hiccups tho, which was to be expected. Just when we thought it was safe to mentally settle into our apartment in the the Marais in Paris, we got a notification that the plumbing had crapped out (...sorry about that….) and we had to find other accomodation….during the busiest week of the year for tourism…..one month out….. Let your fingers do the walking, I always say….I found a hotel by Les Invalides for less than the apartment and booked it immediately. WWW.Booking.com is wonderful as most of the reservations do not require payment until arrival, and free cancellation up until 48 hours before. This was our backup, in case we couldn’t get an ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia April 13th 2014

Well, it is almost time for the 2014 adventures with Hakura, so I thought it was time to pull my finger out and get up last year’s story. So where shall I start the belated story of 2013’s big voyage to the South Sea Isles and Australia? In the middle maybe: Owen and I got back safe and sound and so did Hakura (well most of her anyway). The old motor was in the bin. So, now how did this all come about? Way back in the first half of the year I had decided to sail to Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, and some islands in between and end the year in Hobart, Australia before spending the next year sailing the east coast of Australia. As part of this Owen Smith, my friend for the past 38 ... read more
Another shot of the sunrise
It was very windy - we wished.
The sails are up and ready - where's the wind?

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands April 12th 2014

We spent a very lazy day celebrating Cheryl's birthday today. We visited the craft market at paihia. HAd a game of cards in the afternoon. Then we went for a beautiful meal on Russell Island (so David thinks it is an island). We are finishing it off with another game of cards. We are all a bit disappointed with the footy scores so far, except Cheryl of-course!... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands April 11th 2014

Today Peter and I went for a ferry ride and then walked to Okiato. Okiato was the site of the first capital of New Zealand until it was moved to Auckland. We then made a return visit to Paihia and had a look around the shops And tourist spots. Peter and I are on dinner duty tonight and we are going to try and make seafood risotto.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands April 10th 2014

We had a great day today starting off with a sleep in. We then took a ferry ride over to Russell. We went for a bit of a drive and had a walk through the kauri Forrest. We then went back to Russell for lunch and a bit of shopping. David checked out some of the historical sites. We then returned home on the ferry. The weather has been just glorious. I have included a couple of photos of the views we have from the house we are staying in.... read more
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Our bedroom view

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands April 9th 2014

David and I went on a fishing charter today. We had an early start at 6.30am. First up we had to catch our bait fish. This is the first time I have caught 2 lots of a 4 headed catch. The fish we caught for bait I would have been very happy to keep to eat if I had been at home. Then we went out looking for king fish. David caught the first one. The other two men on the boat caught another 3. Me, I caught none! Bugga!! I did catch some snapper though which was a lot of fun. I have included a photo of the fillet taken from the king fish as I didn't have my iPad with me to take photos. This one fillet fed the 4 of us tonight with ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands April 8th 2014

Here we are in the house swap that Cheryl arranged for us. She has done an absolute ripper of a deal. It is very beautiful here. The place we are staying at is built into the side of a hill on about 3 levels. It overlooks the bay. There are the same beautiful views from all the bedrooms, even the kitchen.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia March 3rd 2014

26th February Bay of Islands, New Zealand Today sees our last port of call in New Zealand, having sailed overnight we arrived at anchor off Waitangi in the Bay of Islands The Bay of Islands is in the northern region of North Island and is renowned for its silvery beaches and a coastline of bays and islands. This is a tender port and we landed at the small pier on Waitangi. Waitangi is famous for the historic pact between Britain and the Maori tribes, signed in 1840, the Maoris accepted British sovereignty and in return we agreed to protect Maori land. As mentioned in a previous blog the true implications of the treaty were questioned and this led to the infamous ‘Land Wars’. The treaty is still regarded as a true affirmation of Maori ... read more
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