Keri Keri is a nice little town at the top end of the KeriKeri Inlet. Brian and Denise live outside of KeriKeri in a gorgeous house with a big garden. It has a pretty good view of the sea too!
Usually when Heather & Bob visit, they all go to the golfing, golf is probably one of my least favourite sports, so mum and I didn’t go with them. Mum and I had a two hours left on our Flexipasses so instead of wasting the two hours, we topped them up so that we could go on two trips. The first trip that we went on was the Cream Trip (Day in the Bay), which was awesome. It’s an all day trip around the Bay of Islands, we went up to The Hole in the Rock (which is apparently a famous hole in the rock) and visited other islands in the bay.
We learnt all about the bay, the beaches, rocks and things from the awesome boat skipper guy called Basil (great name). It’s called the Cream Trip because the cruise follows the path of the 1927 ‘Cream Trip’, which delivered essential supplies and mail to the residents in the bay. It’s difficult getting to the islands without boats, so if you don’t have a boat you’re pretty much fucked and have to rely on the delivery boats! We visited several places on the cruise including Cape Brett Lighthouse, the Grand Cathedral Cove, the Black Rocks and Marsden Cross. We had a stop over on the Urupukapuka Island for lunch and a swim in the sea, which was beautiful and warm.
For an extra $35 you could go swimming with dolphins, but since I did that in Kaikoura (unsuccessfully), I didn’t want to do it again. This time I had a great view of the dolphins from the top deck. As you can see, I got some good photos of them! The dolphins weren’t bothered about us, the pretty much blanked the swimmers! It was quite amusing, watching the swimmers trying to catch up with the dolphins!
The second trip that we went on was the Cape Reinga / 90 Mile Beach tour with Fullers Great Sights Company. The drivers for this company are great, this guy told us all about Maori history, the landscape and Maori legends. To be honest with you, I was so tired from getting up at 6.30am that I just wanted to sleep on the bus! Cape Reinga is right at the top of North Island. It’s where the Tasman and Pacific meet! I was quite disappointed when the bus driver told us that 90 Mile Beach isn’t actually 90 Miles… it’s 90 kilometers. They lied. Anyways, the driver wanted to take us all the way to the top of the beach but because the tide was coming in, we weren’t able to. It was also raining whilst we were driving up the beach, which was a shame.
To get back onto the main part of New Zealand, we had to drive up a stream, past the HUGE sand dunes. We stopped at the bottom of one of the sand dunes, then grabbed body boards, climbed to the top of the sand dune and slid down on the boards. I was terrified but it was fun! I only did it once though because walking up the dune was super hard. Mum did it twice! Look, there she is!
After the excitement of the sand boarding, we drove up to Cape Reigna, where it also rained! Here’s the lighthouse, right at the top of New Zealand. This area is owned by the Maoris, it’s a sacred place for them, and they have set rules that visitors have to abide by like no food is allowed on the land. They’ve put information boards along the path, explaining the history and legends and things. I didn’t bother reading them, I just wanted to get down to the lighthouse as soon as I could.
The final part of the trip was a visit to the Puketi Kauri Forest, the forest is home to some ancient Kauri trees that have been there for thousands of years. Mum wanted her photo taken with one of the ancient trees. Oh and on the way back we had Fish and Chips, from the ‘World Famous Fish & Chip Shop’ (According to them they’re World famous)
The Cream Cruise was my favourite trip from the whole holiday. It really is worth the money. The Bay of Islands is a stunning place and it is a must see if you come to New Zealand!
This will probably be the last blog post I do whilst I’m on holiday. This weekend will be spent with my amazing family that I will miss terribly when I leave so I probably won’t be blogging at all. I’ll be too exhausted on the 21st to do any internet stuff, but I’ll try to do the ‘I’m home safe and sound’ blog post on the 22nd, after I’ve turned the heating on!
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