The Bay of Islands

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Michael's

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Friday, January 15, 2010

It's been a coupe of weeks since I've written only because I've been staying at my friend Zara's in Titirangi, a suburb of Auckland.  Since I returned from Waiheke Island, she and her Mum have been kind enough to let me stay for a couple of weeks.

For the last two weeks, I've been trying to book work as a photographer because part of this trip for me is to work as I go.  I've already shot some headshots in Auckland, and recently have made contact with a number of Publicists and Ad Agencies.

I also spent some time working on some photo projects for friends that I didn't have a chance to finish before I left the States.

But after making quite a bit of headway, I decided to see some more sites here on the North Island.  The first destination was Waitangi and The Bay of Islands.

Zara and I loaded up the car early today (Friday morning) and set off for Paihia, a small town on the mainland of the Bay, where she has a friend with whom we stayed.  The weather was crystal clear and the air was warm.  We took our time, meandering through the countryside and enjoying the scenic vistas of rolling green hills spotted with sheep and cows and horses.

When we finally arrived, we unloaded our things and took in the view from Michael's deck.  We were high above the bay, overlooking the islands and anchored sailboats which lazily bobbed with the gentle current.

Zara said we must go to Waitangi, where the Treaty was signed, so we got in the car and drove 15 minutes out of town.

The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the English and the most of the Maori tribes which ensured that the Maori would retain their land and fishing rights.  And, of course, the Treaty was broken soon after.

Waitangi is a vast green plane overlooking the water.  On it stands a Maori meeting hall, much like the one in the Auckland Museum that I posted at the beginning of this trip.  There is also a house, now a museum, where the Treaty was signed.

We spent some time there walking the track along the water and admiring the view from the grassy hill.

We then headed back to Paihia and caught a ferry to Russell, which was the first capitol of NZ. There's not much in Russell.  The main street along the water front is home to a few old hotels and some seafood restaurants and cafés, but it's a nice place to sit and watch the sunset. As Zara and I had dinner, we watched the sky turn from blue to gold, and the water became a deep azure.

We caught the last ferry back (10pm) to Paihia and turned in for the night.
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