The Rainbow Coast: Northland

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So many rainstorms on the North Island… although sometimes there’s a payoff. This was the 9th rainbow of the day on our first day North of Auckland!
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Water conditions weren’t good for snorkeling at Goat Island (Cape Rodney-Okakari Marine Reserve), but that didn’t prevent us from the spending the day scrambling around on rocks and outcroppings, looking for animals, fish, shells, and places to relax.
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One of the places I wanted to visit was the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Bay of Islands. We spent a couple of hours wandering around and learning about British and Maori relations, plus about current interpretations of the Treaty. Behind me in this photo is a waka, or war canoe. It requires more than 70 oarsman and is taken out each year on Waitangi Day, 6 February.
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After Waitangi we visited Hururu Falls, which were rather brown but still majestic. Look closely and you can see yet another rainbow!

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At 90 Mile Beach, the girls rode boogie boards. Look! Another rainbow.
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It was a welcome sight to arrive at our lovely rental house on Doubtless Bay! Our two days and three nights there were pretty relaxing and low-key. Bonus: the house boasted a washer and dryer (very unusual), a dishwasher, and enough dining room chairs for all five of us. We’re sorry to leave…

///janel///

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