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07 April 2016 @ 09:56 pm
Bay of Islands  
Last two days of our trip were spent in the northern town of Paihia which had the most unusual public toilet I've seen.

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We took a boat ride out to some of the islands in the bay - it was really blowy and choppy that day, out on the water, which added to the sense of adventure! I was struck by the colour of the water in this cave:

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Paihia is located in the Bay of Islands - there are 144 islands in the bay in total. This was the view from our motel room, looking east across the bay.

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The Waitangi treaty grounds are located just north of Paihia; this is where the Maori chieftains eventually came together with the British to sign a treaty re the division of land. The original colonial cottage - James Busby's house - still stands and has been turned into a museum.

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Next to James Busby's house is a Maori meeting house, where we watched a cultural presentation including song, dance and mock warfare. Also poi - I remember as a child being fascinated by poi, and making my own set out of balled-up socks and string. Out of everything we did and saw, I think this would have been my favourite part.

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Speaking of socks - Paihia is also where I found these socks, which I had to add to my collection!

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It's a bit depressing to be back home now and know that it's more than a year before I can go away again. I could travel the world for the rest of my life and it still wouldn't be long enough to see everything I want to see.
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miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on April 8th, 2016 05:03 am (UTC)
That's still to be decided - original plan was a cruise from Bergen to Istanbul but it's been withdrawn due to the terrorism threat. Still planning a couple of weeks in the UK, and some sort of a cruise somewhere, but need to pick a destination. Anyway, that's not until July next year so still have plenty of time.

Edited at 2016-04-08 05:22 am (UTC)