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Paihia

Back in Auckland after spending the night up in Paihia. Paihia is a tiny village about 4hrs north of Auckland.

Have discovered that the Kiwi's are highly original in naming places/points of interest. IE - Paihia is the main destination in the Bay of Islands (aka a bay full of islands).

Today I went on a dolphin criuse around the Bay, with one of the highlights the "Hole in the Rock", again one of those places they racked their brains for before naming.

During the cruise we were able to swim with the dolphins if we wanted to. Deciding whether to swim with the dolphins went something like this:

SENSIBLE ME - The water is only 15 degrees - are you mad?
CRAZY ME - But it looks like so much fun
SENSIBLE ME - But you will freeze
CRAZY ME - But it looks like so much fun

And so on.....

Anyway, I was all geared up to go for a swim (Crazy me was winning the argument), and it turned out to be a big anti-climax as we were not allowed to go in because there were a couple of baby dolphins in the pod.

Will upload some more photos shortly (camera needs to recharge first).

Off to Mercury Bay tomorrow, again apparently named becuase Captain Cook tried to track the path of Mercury from there?

Posted by j0ne5y 20:20

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