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Playing in Paihia

sunny 25 °C

The weather’s looking good for the next number of days. Now we can head back to Paihai and enjoy the sun and play in the Bay of Islands. Since Paihai (the center of all things touristy in the Bay of Islands) is only 70km from Doubtless Bay where we were and with a full tank of gas and being on the road at 9am (thanks Alison), we decided to take the long way back, through the Kauri forests on the West Coast. Just the drive over to the West Coast, through the Mangamuka Gorge was worth it. Through the curvy switchbacks, I managed to get the Getz-mobile’s tires screeching in my right ear and Alison screaming in my left. She swears that the two wheels on her side were getting air. Another biff and schmuck from Alison - after she unclenched her hands from the door and dash. Hope they don’t notice the claw marks on the dash when we return the car.


This traverse along the West Coast included catching a ferry that runs once an hour according to our guide book. We raced to the ferry landing having 18 km and 15 minutes to do it in – you do the math. We caught up to another car going the same way and cursed since there was no way to pass on that winding road. Following him, we joked that his car would be going onto a 20 car ferry with 19 already parked onboard. With only seconds to spare, our two cars came up on the ferry ramp and guess what: there was only room for one more car. But the Year of Mike was strong with our Getz and the ferry man waved us on as well, but sideways. I’m obviously over-estimating the size of our Getz.

Where in the world is Alison? Can you spot the Getz-mobile?


We went to see the Four Sisters. No, not the nuns from the Old Convent who would be seeking my repentance – probably due to the pear tree and sheep fiasco. No, these are massive Kauri trees. And I mean massive – just the trunks are over 40m high (and that’s not counting the canopy) and 13m in diameter. Now that’s a lot of firewood, or chairs if you’re a salivating furniture maker. We’ve got pics but they just don’t capture the size of these babies.


Tomorrow, we have a sailboat chartered for the day. We’d initially thought we’d have enough time to go out for three or four days, but Zland had so much to offer. Anyway, we’re gonna get to sail lots in a few months back home. That’s if I can get all the new gear installed and working.

Posted by Ali-Mike 12:07 Archived in New Zealand

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