Flicks >> Bay of Islands, New Zealand

First is Paihia, Bay of Islands in North Island of NZ:

The highlight was most definitely a life-long dream of swimming with dolphins out in their natural habitat, courtesy of Awesome NZ! (with a name like that, I couldn’t resist!)

and off we were!!

..with our skipper on the look-out for our finned friends!

..spotted a few super close to our boat!!

..and the money shot!!

…done and done!! … a happy dolphin swimmer I am!!

… then off to a stunning outlook via hiking up a lil’ hill filled with sheep poo!

…and it was worth it!!

…and on our way back … I saw a lovely rainbow!!

Look at how tiny our boat was in comparison to a cruiseliner…

Just a short and scenic 20min walk from Paihia is Waitangi – best known for being the location where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed on February 6, 1840 between the Maori and British crown. The introduction of the Treaty effectively revoked the Declaration of Independence; making New Zealand a British colony, and the Treaty is generally considered the founding document of New Zealand as a nation. Waitangi Day is the annual celebration of the signing, and is New Zealand’s national holiday.

a present-day Maori family’s home….. check the pride!

A 15minute ferry ride from Paihia is charming, Russell:

… the arrival….

Even the police station looked like a nice place to be found in!!..

I immediately trekked up to an outlook…. this was quite a workout with its steep hills!!!

and again, it was worth it!!

…taking it all in… ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

… then the downward trail…and over to the other side of the island for some beautiful chillax time at Long Beach…. (again, VERY WORTH IT!!)

..and the full reel, enjoy! :-)

. . don’t burn the day. .

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