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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Treaty and trains

Oh dear...definatly behind schedule now. We came across the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Bay of Islands and not knowing quite what it was all about decided to stop. Well, it was a place not to be ignored and most of the morning and well into the afternoon was spent reading about the Maori history, walking around the grounds and watching a culture performance.

Wood carver

A giant Kauri tree stump

Ceremonial War Canoes

Treaty House and flag pole

Meeting House

Huka greeting

A chief was chosen from the audience who then had to accept the gift thrown on the ground.

Then came the culture performance

our poor attempt at looking scary!

The treaty

The signed treaty. To read about it click here
Treaty House
During our visit, we had a brilliant view of the Tall ship race. Not sure if the boats can all be claimed as tall ships but were very entertaining to see the start.

Having left well after 3 pm it was a mad dash to the west coast. First was a stop at the 'dump site'. All the vans have grey water holding tanks and the contents discharged only in designated areas. Not all the sites have this facility but along the tourist routes one can usually be found, Kawakawa being one of them. And blow me down if it was also the town where a steam train runs straight down the centre of the street! How lucky were we to be there just as it trundled passed the dump site!

Wasn't quite quick enough with the camera

Stopped at the station for a look

An email by Sandra (Are and Are)  recommended a trip to Hokianga Harbour. A place called Opononi. Very glad we went as what a fabulous place and one where we decided to stay for the night. 

Not a bad place to stay don't you think?


Tom and Jan said...

I'm not sure what your travelling plans are but if travelling south of Auckland you might want to consider the following unique locations

Hot Springs Beach - http://www.thecoromandel.com/activities/must-do/hot-water-beach/
Waitomo Caves - http://www.waitomo.com/#section1
Rotorua - http://www.rotoruanz.com/visit/home.aspx

You're making us homesick!

Marilyn McDonald said...

Hi Irene and Ian, Glad to see you are getting the whole experience - the haka is pretty impressive, isn't it - and probably familiar to you if you are rugby fans from the opening of the All Blacks' games.
Glad to see you've had some good weather up north and I hope it continues as you make your way down the island.
See you sooner or later here in Waikanae!
Cheers, Marilyn

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Hi Tom and Jan, Sandra from AreandAre suggested Coromandel and we have just arrived. Hoping to do the Creek Railway as well as the drive across country on the 309 dirt track. Hot Springs was also on the agenda as was Rotorua. Not sure about the Caves. Keep the suggestions coming as we would love to do some of 'the out of the way' places.

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Hi Marilyn, We are having a ball and loving your country. Just so much to do. So hope to get to you before you have to disappear for a few days. Will let you know nearer to the time. X

Roger and Pat Filler said...

Hello you two. Been following you adventures and know you've been in touch with Marilyn over on the Kapiti coast. How long are you in NZ?
We arrive on 22nd. Fear you may have gone by then though.
Roger & Pat
The Cat's Whiskers

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Hi Roger, We have three weeks here on North Island before taking the ferry across to the South Island. If you arrive on the 22nd we may still be here. Will try to let you know nearer the time.

Marilyn McDonald said...

My hope is that you two and Roger and Pat can all get together at our place in Waikanae, Irene and Ian.

I'm at home in Waikanae from Saturday 14 Jan to Monday 23 Jan inclusive. After that I am in Hokitika for a few days, then we're visiting friends in Carterton for the weekend 28 and 29 Jan) and then have another couple of friends staying from 30 Jan to 2 Feb.

Let's see what can be arranged!

Cheers, Marilyn

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