|The Top of the North Island.|
|On top of a volcano.|
The next day we got ferry over to Russell. Once described as ‘The Hell Hole of The Pacific’, Russell was a charming town, far nicer than Paihia. The views from Flagstaff Hill were worth the walk up and the large Sundial was interesting. We had a day’s driving taking in the stunning coastline, the weather was to cold to contemplate sitting on the beach so we kept going it was dusk when we arrived at Mangawhai Heads Camp site. This site is located on the beach, and looked very well established, a camp that families would come to at weekends from Auckland. The kitchen was very clinical, wall to wall stainless steel and the showers were once again pay for hot water ones, I prefer the camps with the free hot water. But the camp was very quiet and apart from worrying about the odd Tsunami we had a good night’s sleep. By now it was Friday 21st October 2011, and we were heading back to towards Auckland. Today we planned to visit Goat Island Marine Reserve, and the weather was kind, gone was the grey cloud and it was warm and sunny. As we drove down the dirt access road to the reserve we saw the Seafreinds shop that hires out wet suites and snorkelling gear, they even measure you prior to the fitting of the wet suite, a fantastic service. When we arrived at the Reserve there was a buzz in the air, and the reason for this was that there were 4 Dolphins in the cove. The Dolphins stayed all day, swimming with people they chose to swim with, frolicking, laughing at our lack of swimming skills and generally having fun with us. It is rather disconcerting to have a Dolphin swimming towards you at very high speed! What direction do you choose to go to avoid collision? You don’t you just stay still! Remember this was free, the dolphins chose to swim with us this was not an organised tour and to say it was the highlight of the holiday is an understatement, and this was one of the highlights of my life. Obviously it was late when we left Goat Island Marine Reserve and now we needed to find a place to stay, by now I was sick of the Campervan and the pay as you go showers, so we had a quick look on the laptop and came up with Matakana 360. We phoned the owner, it was expensive but we decided to stay at his holiday let. He gave us the directions and access instructions and we set off to find it.
|Hire your Diving stuff here.|
|At the airport|
|A drink of Tea in style on the A380.|
|What I did on my holidays..........|