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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!
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.
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.
After Waitangi we visited Hururu Falls, which were rather brown but still majestic. Look closely and you can see yet another rainbow!
At 90 Mile Beach, the girls rode boogie boards. Look! Another rainbow.
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…