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We then visited the Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the sheltered waters of the bay. Our final stop was at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island, one of the most beautiful and historically significant islands. A welcome snack and sunbathe on the white sandy beach was just the thing before heading back to Paihia. Awake at 6 am to a wonderfully warm and sunny morning, ready to take off for the northern reaches of North Island. Leaving at 9 am the roads were quiet and I suspect most families were having a late start, as this is the final weekend of their summer holidays before the schools return on Monday.
If we had been diligent travellers we would have spent a couple of hours at the nearby Waitangi Treaty grounds, embracing the comprehensive guided tour of grounds and iconic buildings, followed by an hour learning some common Maori words, place names and greetings, in the ancient yet flourishing Maori language of Aotearoa New Zealand. Incidentally, did you know that they only make a charge to foreigners visiting Waitangi?
The whole of this area is steeped in Maori tradition, Slute it is here that after death, Maori spirits are supposed to travel to the Pohutukawa Sljts on the headland of Cape Reigna and descend into the underworld by sliding down a root to fall into the sea below. They are then supposed to climb out again on ttam Ohaua, the Sluts in upper kilcha ttan point of the Three Kings Islands to bid their last farewell before returning to the land of their ancestors, Hawaiiki-A-Nui. We stopped at Mangonui for coffee and admired the tranquil coastline and useful new wooden walkway along the side of the coast, newly opened in October. Whilst all slightly cheaper than their equivalent in the Dales, they usually come with gorgeous weather, fantastic views and lots of land too.
We were pleased to have travelled to Mangonui today though, as tomorrow is Auckland Day and the village will be filled with Aucklanders visiting for their annual fishing championship. Lunchtime saw us heading for our planned stopping off place — the Karikari Wine Estate in Maitai Bay, on the Karikari peninsula — the most northerly winery in New Zealand. His hot tip is the Chardonnay but they have some fine reds too! A slow and lazy lunch break left us ready for the short final stretch to Kaitaia, and the Loredo Motel — chosen for its good facilities for washing clothes and its WiFi broadband!
The village resembles a transit camp, with many visitors passing through for the shortest of times just to see the 90 mile beach. The WiFi connection enabled us to get up to date, and we plan on spending a quiet evening preparing for the adventures of tomorrow. The day started early with a successful Skype with Jan and Ian in Garstang.
What a marvellous opportunity kilvha gave us to be able to have a conversation and actually see each other at opposite ends of the world. Today proved another challenge so forgive us if we try not to repeat ourselves. Our visit to the uppfr famous Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach actually 64 miles!! One of the problems we faced today is that the photos really do not do justice to some of the terrain we have enjoyed because at times there were substantial grey clouds. Because of the tides we started kklcha trip back to front, Camtube chat the Aupouri Forest, one of the largest man-made forests in the Southern Hemisphere.
There are over wild horses living there, but none came to see us today. Even the Slufs onto the beach can be treacherous, as the high tides recently had undermined the sand ramps, which had upped be rebuilt. We managed to see local uppre netting or surfcasting, or gathering shellfish. It was interesting to see ,ilcha hire cars making a tentative attempt at negotiating the incoming tides, when, as our driver described, the trick is Slutd drive QUICKLY across the hard sand, keeping out of Slute softer edges near the coast. Kolcha crossed the Te Paki stream and then turned UP it — a bit of a shock to the system to suddenly find we were not crossing it but driving the length kilhca it, in the middle of the quick sands.
These drivers do the trip every day of the year, but for us hpper was a terrific experience. Half way up the kicha bed we stopped for some adventurous souls to climb the huge sand hills and then toboggan down. We appointed ourselves official photographers instead! A picnic lunch stop at the beautiful Tapotupotu Bay, nestled in the hills on the eastern side of Cape Reinga gave an opportunity to sit in the sun and enjoy the sound of the Pacific. After an hour of photo opportunities we were back on board until a stop at Te Kao, the most northern general store, run by uper locals, which had the best and largest ice creams for sale.
One of the quietest and most delightful stops was at Houhora Heads, a tranquil upper above Houhora Harbour. Mount Camel named by James Cooka tall volcanic out crop formed the headland jilcha the entrance of the bay. We saw some holiday makers land an enormous basket of huge fish, snapper apparently, before heading ttann to Firi sexs chat the only standing Kauri trees en route. We ended with a stop at the Ancient Kauri Kingdom in Awanui, to look at the huge kauri logs and stumps which have been extracted from local swamps and are alleged to be up to 45, years old.
This has to Slluts a top 10 trip for anyone visiting New Zealand. We also had the pleasure of travelling with Michael and Pat from Auckland, and later joined them for dinner at the Beachcomber restaurant. A great way to finish off the day. Uppdr we are off to Whangarei on route number 1 for a couple of days so fingers crossed for a good WiFi connection. Classic Loos and Classic Cars Sunday 18th January Today has been a day of travel, with some bizarre and novel things to see. The first item is especially for our grandson Max, who Sluts in upper kilcha ttan night sent us a message to say kllcha had been reading our blog — well done Max! So Max, the following is especially for you! Kawakawa is home to the most colourful and certainly most famous public toilets in New Zealand.
They were designed by Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Ttna. The toilets feature inset glass and tiles, sculptures, a living tree, and a grass roof. They were built in with the help of the community. Uoper thought they were tremendous, but wondered what he was taking when he designed kklcha. The toilets were awarded the prestigious Golden Plunger award — a world wide search for the lilcha public toilets as voted by the travelling public. From a sleepy hollow just off the tourist track through the Bay of Islands, the Kawakawa township has burgeoned into a "must see" Mecca for Hundertwasser devotees worldwide.
The project has already ttab both French and Japanese television documentary teams to Kawakawa, together with international visitors already beginning to number in the Casual sex dating in pascagoula ms 39567. In consultation with the Bay of Islands College, students prepared ceramic tiles which have been used throughout the building. The bricks used came from a former Bank of New Zealand building, and both young and old from the local community volunteered services to the construction process. The finished product is a work of art, from the grass roof, to gold balls, ceramic tiles, bottle glass windows, mosaic tiling, copper handwork, cobblestone flooring, individual sculptures and a living tree Slhts into the design structure.
With the untimely death of the Austrian-born artist in Februarythe building is the only Hundertwasser structure in the Southern Hemisphere, and the last major project ever undertaken by the famous artist and designer. It will remain as both a memorial to Frederick Hundertwasser and a very functional building for the community and visitors alike. So impressive has been the final result that Creative New Zealand gave the project the "premier" certificate in the Kjlcha Places Awards contest. Hpper building is now arguably the most photographed "public loo" in New Zealand, and possibly in the world.
As you can see from the photos we did extensive research on your behalf, and photographed and admired his designs. Hope you like them too Max? Let us know what milcha think! Max and Alex had a further request, and that was for more photographs of GG — grandma Glenys. We shall have to see what we can do about that. This is serious stuff, as entrants may enter one or more events but must enter all four events to be eligible for Class and Overall Rally Trophies. How is this for a programme: Sunday All participants drive individually through the Town of Whangarei and display their cars at the Concours.
Monday a scenic run lasting the full day, with plenty of time to enjoy the unique historic and scenic wonders of the Northland. Wednesday Grass surface, usual driving tests. Thursday Northland Speedway, hard clay surface. We stayed a while and took lots of photos to share with you and just enjoyed the sun and good humour. There were extensive, picturesque gardens and walkways under development in the massive old quarry site plus a Lotus bed had been created in the lake. Not all has been easy for the volunteers however, as the Gardens were struck three times in two years by an arsonist. The pukeko is a deep blue bird with a black head and upperparts.
The white undertail is flicked with every step. The bill and shield are scarlet, the eye red and the legs and feet are orange — red. The manager therefore has decided to shoot them. We shall see what tomorrow brings! Whangarei Falls and the Ngunguru River Maybe we should start today by saying a little about Whangarei. The Quayside at the Town Basin is a sophisticated, yet leisurely centre for eating and entertainment. Modern landscaping blends perfectly with colonial architecture to create a gathering place for locals, visiting travellers and yachties from all over the world. As well as stylish cafes and restaurants, there are museums, art galleries and specialty shops.
Like all New Zealand towns it hosts a first rate tourist information centre on the main Route 1. It was and we did. The visitor guide is simple yet clear with especially good road maps. As Wendy our host had explained earlier, the harbour was traditionally a rendezvous for tribes from the north travelling southwards by waka large elaborately carved canoes. Early records indicate that on the shores of Whangarei harbour, as many as Maori would camp and organise their journeys. Much of the vast harbour side remains in farm, bush and wetland, fringed by salt marsh and mangrove forest, punctuated headlands and sandspits.
Our travels began at Whangarei Falls. This cascading gem has gained a reputation as the most photographed waterfall in NZ. Its ease of access, picturesque bush surround and guaranteed days per year flow makes it a visitor favourite. It is located just a couple of miles out of town. The first thing to impress us however was the toilet block. We promise this will be the last photo of a toilet block Max, but thought you would like to see it. The waterfalls drop 26m over a basalt lava flow and were originally known as Otuihau Falls.
It is now developed with viewing platforms and paved walks down the canyon, through forest and over a bridge at the bottom of the waterfall. It can appear as several parallel columns of water or a large rectangular column depending on whether it has been raining heavily or not. Mr Archibald Clapham brought the property in the late s to prevent the falls being developed as a commercial water mill. It is still popular for picnics and walks. The paths on both sides of the falls basin zigzag down steep slopes to the lower bridge and the two viewing platforms above the waterfall give spectacular views of the falls.
Having satisfied our urge to at least try for the perfect waterfall photo, and realising that we probably never would, we headed out to Ngunguru. We were to return here after lunch but for now were heading to Tutakaka and Matapouri. These names are so beautiful but darned hard to say! What a delight — it must be the simplest map ever published with one main street the whole way from the Hugh Crawford Memorial Reserve to Whale Bay above Matapouri. We stopped at all the view points — including one where the entry from the main road was so tortuous we ignored it heading east, and picked it up returning westwards.
Just off the coast we could see the Poor Knights Islands, which apparently are abundantly populated with incredibly varied plant, animal and fish life. Fascinating as these may be for some however, underwater activities are not for us, so we sat and enjoyed a good cup of coffee instead and admired the view. We then spent four hours enjoying a leisurely cruise first up then down the river, whilst Captain Percy unfolded the industrial European history of the place, pointing out historic and ecological features as we sauntered along. We saw miles of native bush merging with the mangroves, and there were plenty of pretty large birds around, but not a single kingfisher to be spied, although we heard plenty of them singing, and even saw the bank where they nested in tiny holes burrowed into the side above the tidal river.
The river was used extensively for shipping coal and timber in the early part of the 20th century, and Percy recounted numerous stories which he had researched methodically over about 15 years. We were able to use his archive folders as we listened, and I was able to photograph many of them to share at a later date with genealogical researchers back home whose relatives emigrated to the area. There were once people servicing the coal mining at nearby Kiripaka, but most holiday makers would be totally unaware of the history hidden beneath the bush. We were struck especially by the number of Scottish names included in the archive. Forced to leave the Highlands of Scotland, the clans settled first in Nova Scotia, and built a strong community.
However, the bitterly cold winters, combined with potato blight brought extreme hardship and of them decided to emigrate to secure a better future in more benevolent climes. In small sailing ships they had built themselves they headed for Australia, but not finding what they wanted in they settled in and around Waipu where they established farming, gum digging, bush felling and trading Around Ngunguru was a busy port with boats calling to pick up logs, farm produce, and coal. A horse and buggy collected the cream in cans, taking two days to reach Hikurangi for processing.
It was a collection of forgotten gravestones, buried deep in the bush, and formally closed in the s. Another fascinating day with some interesting historical facts, peaceful travel and great views. On to The Coromandel Peninsula Today was a long day of travel, leaving Whangarei and our delightful hosts Wendy and Urbi quite late — around 10 am. We had breakfast with them and Ian, another guest who having left Durham 3 years ago now runs drug misuse services in North Island. There was plenty of traffic heading south, and as we neared the new toll motorway north of Auckland, due to open on 25th January, there was also plenty of road work delays.
Michael and Clare kindly came to collect us and we followed them to their gorgeous home overlooking the Auckland sound and Waiheke island. We thoroughly enjoyed their company and lunch, after which they escorted us to the Route 1 to continue our journey south to Thames and the Coromandel Peninsular. After booking in at the Coastal Resort Motel we were out again for dinner with our friend Heather, who we last saw on the Norwegian Postal Bus Cruise 18 months ago. Her warm welcome and delicious dinner was in true Kiwi style, and on returning to our motel we went to bed early and tired. Recently voted the third best tourist route in the country, it is just the most beautiful area.
There is over km of spectacular coastline, beautiful beaches and rugged volcanic hills cloaked in native rainforest. There is a vibrant arts community, a marine reserve and a number of interesting tourist attractions. We started with a 10 km journey on an unmetaled road to see the Square Kauri tree. Like most of those we saw in Northland it was majestic — and huge! Next on to the Waiau Waterworks — a whimsical wonder. It had a unique, interactive range of fun contraptions, many worked by water. We had our picnic lunch there, kindly provided by Heather, then enjoyed the many exhibits — and even tried our hand at a few!
The highlight of the day was the Driving Creek Railway, which many of you may have seen on television. Track laying began in by Barry Brickell shortly after he established the pottery workshop on a corner of the 22Ha block-of land he had recently purchased. As a railway enthusiast he saw the practical and environmental advantages of having a narrow-gauge railway system through his rugged scrub-covered land to give all weather access to clay and pine wood kiln fuel. Yellow plastic clay derived from the weathering of the old volcanic rocks.
The scattered pine trees are self-sown from original pines planted by the early Californian gold diggers of last century. Most of the raw materials for the making of terracotta pottery garden wares, tiles and sculpture thus comes from the hills above. Brickell worked for 15 years and poured a considerable amount of money into railway construction before it was licensed to carry fare-paying public in This huge gamble has now paid off, while returns from the pottery have been steadily diminishing. A recent move into the tile and brickmaking industry is an exciting new development.
Provided on land donated by the originator of the railway, it was a true haven for indigenous species, with the most elaborate and expensive metal perimeter fencing to keep out all the introduced species. Heather had kindly done all the driving today so we could enjoy the scenery, and shared with us her vast knowledge of the area. Yet another perfect meal at her home saw us replete and exhausted. Back inin the third installment of the series, I considered the possibility that the name of the clan Gaelic: Why they chose to behave in this way is uncertain: Three years ago, I wondered if the forefathers of Clan Galbraith were members of a similar group among the Britons of Strathclyde, perhaps arriving originally as Vikings but eventually assimilating by intermarriage until they became Britons themselves.
They would, I proposed, have adopted the Cumbric language of their hosts, eventually switching to Gaelic after the Scottish conquest of Strathclyde in the eleventh century. Loch Lomond and the western part of the Lennox. The red dot indicates the island of Inchgalbraith, ancient stronghold of the Galbraiths. The more I thought about it, the more likely it seemed that other references were out there. Fast forward to January and I found myself re-reading a bunch of old journal articles as research material for my latest book Strathclyde and the Anglo-Saxons in the Viking Age. One of these was a landmark study in the Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society in I do, however, think his idea is worth considering.
Back inmy thoughts were influenced by the supposedly Scandinavian character of the five hogback tombstones at Govan — the most impressive examples of sculptural art from the kingdom of Strathclyde.