06.01.2013 - 07.01.2013 21 °C
We started the day by the Stone Store in Kerikeri.
It's an old stone storehouse that's been restored.
After that we drove up to 90 mile beach. The wind was quite strong, blowing sand and spray everywhere. The spray was quite intense and our glasses misted up almost immediately. There was a small group of wind surfers, who were getting some amazing speed across the water. However, the spray was intense enough that it was almost impossible to take any pictures. Nevertheless, it was still a great walk along the beach.
It was almost dinner time by then so we drove to Mangonui and went to one of the North's most reputable fish and chip shops for dinner. They have quite a location, with the deck looking out across the bay.
On the drive back we had this amazing sunset.
Today was quieter, but it started with a bit of history.
Waitangi - where the New Zeal;and Treaty was originally signed is now a NZ National trust site.
The grounds have certainly been extended since we were last here in the '90s.
The Trust site also has the Ngatokimatawhaorua - one of the world's largest Maori ceremonial war canoes. It was built for the Waitangi Treaty Day Centenary celebrations in 1940.
After we'd toured the Waitango grounds we headed into Paihia and spent the day just relaxing on the beach and doing a little swimming.