Starting off, I decided to get a hand on fishing. I figure that with the storming weather it should be a good way to kill the time. The fishing boat picked us up from the pier early in the morning. We had the better part of the day to fish around the Bay of Islands. Unfortunately, I didn't catch anything. However, as a fellow fisherman from Scotland said, "it is not about the catch, but about the relaxation aspect of fishing." Throwing the bait in the water and trying to reel in the fish proved to be relaxing indeed. I ended up getting a bit of a tan as well :). At one point, we even got to see a school of giant king fish swimming past the boat. Oh well, I?ll catch one next time :).
Waitangi Flag Pole. - Hone Heke (a Maori Chief) was the first person to sign the Treaty of Waitangi. He soon began to fear the Pakeha (or white man) would take all their land. Ironically, he flew the American flag on his war canoe. He cut the flagpole was cut down four times. It became the scene of many protests and fighting between the Maori and the Pakeha. The Governor made peace with Heke but ironically it was only after Hone Heke passed away that the flagpole was re-erected.
Watangi Treaty House: the History
Every country has its own historic start. One can say that NZ as a country of cooperating people started on this same spot. As the British migration moved in waves into NZ, something had to occur to appease the mad wave of Maori. The new technology, disease, and customs brought by the Europeans broke havoc with their culture. As if it weren't enough, in the early to mid 1800's, the new territory wasn't part of any one nation. As a matter of fact, France nearly had a hand in colonizing and taking over the British in NZ. Feeling the pressure and realizing they were doomed, several of the Maori tribe leaders met and congregated in this very same place on 1840. The result was the Treaty of Waitangi, where the British guaranteed continued Maori control of their land, rights, and possessions in return for the Maori's loss of sovereignty. A few dozen chiefs signed the treaty immediately. The treaty soon toured NZ and before long over 500 Maori tribal chiefs had signed the treaty. From this day forth, NZ was officially a part of the British Empire, thus being part of the New South Wales colony of Australia. A year or so later, NZ became an individual colony of Britain.
After having free soup and bread after and a chat with our guide, Kip, we set off for the 5 hour drive to Paihia, in the bay of islands. Stopped at Hamilton briefly to stock up on supplies. In Paihia, checked into the Pipi Patch Lodge hostel, booked another skydive. Went straight to the bar, which was banged out. Back at the room, met up with a load of lads, Simon, Luke and Martin. Ended up getting hammered and had a right laugh in the lighthouse bar/club. I ended up looking after some girl,Wendy whoýd had a row with her fella! Brusher and Sperm went skinny dipping.
Booked a crusie. Wandered around town and glad to be settled in one place for a while, been hammering it around the country for 2 weeks! Went on the cruise, was nice and sunny and got to see alot f the islands and ýthe hole in the rocký, a rock formation! Had a good crack with Simon and Martin. Had a few beers later in the room before going to the Lighthouse again, wasnt so busy though. Met up with 2 Italian girls i met the night before. Went home early cos felt nackered, the others came in well late!
The day of the skydive and this time not cancelled! Got picked up and taken to a shed in the middle of no where, basically this one guy does all the jumps, with just a pilot to take him up. Only me and Brusher doing it. I went up first, abit nervous but felt ok until he opened the bloody door at 12,000ft! and that was it, he pushed us out and it was a complete blur, freefalling for 45 seconds before he pulled the shoot at 4000ft and we floated back down to earth.Superb rush! Just what I been dying for! Brusher went up after me! Cost $270 including 2 photos taken from the wing of the plane. The ultimate buzz! After, went and sat on the beach for abit then chilled out in the room, a superb room, us 3, luke, Si, Mart and a Danish couple, Karen and Mass. Had a few beers before all of us going to the lighthouse again. Met the 2 Italian girls who it turns out are in fact Maltese. Had a right good hoot!
3 months since I left! Its gone pretty quickly too! Went for the biggest breakfast Iýve ever had in my life at the Sidewalk restaurant. It was huge and it had evrything! Including steak and chips! All for only $12! The 5 of us(us 3 and Si and Mart) went to Cape Reinga, Sperm drove which seriously *** us all up! Nothing much there apart from a lighthouse and where the Tasman and Pacific Oceans meet. We then went to the giant sand dunes to do some sandboarding but we realised we were supposed to hire the boards about 20kýs back so we just walked up them and ran down in our pants! Good laugh but was bloody hot! Got back to Paihia and checked my e-mail, couldnt believe it Martine broke her leg in the Cook Islands and is now back in England, gutted for her! Got on the beers and went to the lighthouse again, Simon(Mr Gash!) was well on form having us in stitches.
Late up, and the cleaners were in our room cleaning at 10 as we were supposed to have checked out. Bird from reception came out to kick us out! Us 3 , Si and Mart went to hire a speedboat out at the harbour. The guy asked us if we had any sailing experience, we all said we had although it was only Mart who had! We hired it out for an hour and a half and had such a good laugh going flat out, crashing against the waves, we thought we were gonna break the bloody thing in half! We stopped off at Roberton island to wander around. By the time we got back to the boat, the tide was going out very quickly and we had to rush to get the boat into the water or weýd have been stuck on shore!!!! Got back to the harbour a little late and also got a warning over the radio for going to fast! After, went for a wander round town.