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Northland and The Bay of Islands

Rock the Boat

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Monday was my first taste of real new zealand, getting out of the city and I was very glad to be over the bridge and leaving Auckland behind. I don't think much can compare to Sydney. I had joined a hop on hop off tour for a few days to get a taste for it. We had a great driver - although it was his first day and later forgot to book all our trips and accomodation! The drivers on these tours talk and talk and talk and every phrase in NZ ends in eh or sweet as!

So my destination was Pahia. En route we stopped off to go snorkelling at Goat Island but the weather was too bad for that so we continued north to a brid sanctuary and got to see a baby kiwi! Apparantly mosty of the population of NZ have not seen there native bird as it is nocturnal. Also at the Sanctuary was talking Tui who liked to say woof, woof and look whose coming through the door, it was bizarre. I then landed in Pahia and got straight on to an overnight 'cruise' around the bay of islands. The boat was a converted car ferry, with a huge bar and social area as you walk on and dorms upstairs. This trip was amazing. I got to catch a snapper! and go night kayaking with in th bay of islands they have this special algae which when you touch it glow in the dark it was pretty amazing. We had a great BBQ dinner and drinks around the fire with a guy playin guitar. The following day we went out snorkelling and onto Robertson Island the weather was perfect and the view breathtaking.DSCF0941.jpg

Wednesday I headed north to Cape Reinga, the northern most point of NZ form there you can see the tasman and pacific ocean meet with two different colours. We also got a chance to go Dune boarding which was pretty scary when I was at the top of the dune, lying flat on my face on a boggie board but once I was off it was grand and great fun!
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Thursday I set off around Pahia to explore, ther it a fantastic view point but it was a bloody difficult walk and at a palce called Waitangi, which is of huge historical importance to the Maouri's as a treaty was signed there, there is the biggest canoe ( or waka) in the world. I headed back to Auckland on thursday night and caught up with my friend Nat who i'd met in oz. Friday was a wash out beacuse we drank to much on thursday!

Posted by emmahannon 01:02 Archived in New Zealand Tagged backpacking

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