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Paihia, Waitangi, Bay of Islands
Paihia, Waka, Waitangi
Take a journey in a traditional maori canoe (waka).
Far in the distance (marked with a white mast next to the tall pine) is the site where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.
Central beach in Paihia
There are many little bays in Paihia with sandy beaches and even many more islands - about 140, thus the name of the area - "Bay of Islands"
Excitor speedboat - Hole in The Rock adventure
Max. speed of the boat 45 knots.
Awesome tours to the Hole in the Rock.
Excited Alex ready to Rock in the Hole
I see this guy almost every morning... in the mirror. His red outfit wakes me up.
Hole in the Rock surroundings
We've gone through the hole. Water on the other side of the Rock was boiling with fish feeding on the plankton brought here by currents. Sharks can be encountered here too.
We are near to enter that little cave on our big boat.
Approching the cave
It doesn't look small anymore.
The largest island in Bay of Islands. One of few islands (or may be the only one?) in Bay of Island where camping is allowed.
Looks like one of those America's Cup boats to me.
Many adventures start here.
Sand Castle Competition
That day there was a Sand Castle Competition in Paiha. The boy obviously started with the underground garage first.
King-Kong and his creators
In their own likeness.
Althogh King-Kong was dominating, there were some other creatures as well.
Treaty of Waitangi was signed here.
Waitangi Meeting House
The house was built in 1940 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Maori Poi Dance
Poi - a ball on a cord - was originally used by maori warriors to develop wrists strength and flexibility.
Maori war dance.
07.01.2006, Paihia, New Zealand