Paihia And Russell, The Bay Of Islands
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One night wasn't really enough to see Auckland, but time is of the essence and we have had to think hard about priorities. Higher up is to see the Bay Of Islands in the Northland, close to the northern tip of New Zealand. Our 4-hour journey to Paihia where we were to lodge in the Bay Of Islands was uneventful, but for the bus driver who supplied the amusement throughout. A portly character, wearing short shorts and his socks pulled up high, he obviously enjoyed using the PA system onboard. On boarding, he announced how we were not to eat and drink on the carriage and spoke reeeaallly sloooowly. "We...will...sooon...be stopping...at our next...destination - PAUSE - Sorry about that...ladies and gentlemen.
On arrival at Paihia, the historic town which has been blitzed with hostels for backpackers wanting to see the bay, we were greeted with the news that our hostel had double booked us. We were starting to get annoyed with this sort of thing happening, but luckily we were put in an employee's room and got a double bed out of it, where we would have stayed in a dorm.
Today we spent the day exploring Paihia and took a ferry over to the other side of the bay, to the pretty historic village of Russell. I would say that the highlight of the day was the nice walk along the beach or the views of the islands from the ferry, but I have to admit it was actually the fact that a seagull dropped its load on Kyle while we were having lunch. Perhaps I should have been more sympathetic, but I wasn't, and I was annoyed she wouldn't even let me take a photo. She thought she got her revenge on Mother Nature by prodding sticks in the face of any life we could find at rockpools by the water - hermit crabs, fish etc - but I said the only way she could really do that was to return the favour to a seagull. She didn't though.
After the walk along the beach we saw a couple of guys loading up a van with their catch of the day, a 450lb (apparently) Blue Malvin. It was huge, anyway.