It is always hard to leave
so here are just a few photos of those last few days in and around Opua and
Paihia as a reminder to ourselves of the wonderful area, beautiful scenery
and general paths our lives have taken us in New Zealand.
Margaret took the
opportunity to take a golf lesson. The golf course was situated just
behind the Waitangi Treaty grounds and had the backdrop of the Bay of
Following her lesson
she was allowed to practice on their range free of charge and she found that on
a beautiful day. with this spectacular view and a small ball to challenge her
there was little more that she could wish for.
Opua marina offices
seen from our pontoon at low tide. The last few weeks of our stay showed
us that New Zealand knows what rain is. There were days when it didn't
stop raining. On the positive side we saw some spectacular
Our last weekend was the
weekend of the annual Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival. It was a
great success. Here we see the main street of Paihia closed for line
Before leaving New Zealand
we visited Waipoua Kauri Forest. Mags in particular wanted to get her fill
of greenery and trees before leaving to cross oceans.
The picture above is of Te
Matua Ngahere (The Father of the Forest) believed to be the largest and oldest
Kauri tree in New Zealand. It has a trunk over 5m in diameter and is
thought to be 2000 years old.