19.02.2017 - 08.02.2017 28 °C
This morning we travelled aboard a boat to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. We were fortunate to see a group of bottle nosed dolphins on our journey which was very special. Stopping first at Russell and then passing by various Islands including Motuarohia, Moturua, Waewaetorea
and stopping at Otehei Bay to explore the breathtaking views. In the afternoon I went to the small township of Kerikeri and to a chocolate factory and winery......Then to the Stone Store and Kemp House, two of the oldest buildings in New Zealand The Stone Store opened for business in 1836 and has been trading ever since selling a diverse range of goods. The Kerikeri Mission Statiom established in 1819 is one of the first places in New Zealand where Maori invited visitors to live among them. Built under the protection of local chiefs, who were keen to harness the trade and technology of Europe. The Church Missionary Society endeavoured to spread the christian message amongst Maori and the Stone store was originally a warehouse for CMS as well as a trading post, library, barracks and boys' school and general store as it still is today. Kemp House was a simple family home completed in 1821 by missionary carpenters and Maori sawyers and fascinating to see how people lived in those times.
This evening several of our group have been on Darryl's Dinner Cruise which has been an incredible dining experience with the most delicious green limpet muscles, tiger prawns and the most succulent tender cut NZ lamb! We departed from Paihia wharf cruising up the Waitangi River to Harvard Falls a most delightful two and a half hour cruise and lots of fun from the captain and staff.
As a bit of fun I have not told my travelling companions what I do for living I am offering a bottle of wine to the first person to guess! So far the suggestions have been hilarious ......an architect, a psychologist, a valet to the royals, a prince, a doctor, a vicar, a medium, a lecturer, a doctor, a film director an artist and a food critic!!!! Can't wait to see what else they come up with!!