Whangamata i site gave us a leaflet on Day Walks, the first one was to The Lookout on the Peninsula, this was an easy 30 min walk along a path taking you to panoramic views over Whangamata harbour and Beach. After this we drove on to the ‘Luck at Last’ Mine walk, but this was closed due to logging! So we drove to the Broken Hills Walk. This was an easy walk, but wet underfoot, you need waterproof boots to do it! However it’s a good walk on a grey day as you are inside at lot! It was very interesting walking through old mining works, tunnels, waterfalls and a deserted village, to explore the tunnels you do need a torch.
Auckland was starting to buzz with Rugby Fever, the waterfront had 4 cruise lines berthed next to the Hilton. As well as many private yachts (they looked like private cruise ships to me!) in the harbour. We enjoyed a long lunch at one of the many new bars by the Plastic Waka...I didn’t get that thing at all, and I was told it cost millions of dollars! The first Game on the Saturday night was Wales V France, and throughout the tournament I had the knack of backing the loosing team as France beat Wales 9 -8, it was a good match.
Sunday was a re run of Saturday, but as the match was the All Blacks V the Wallabies, anti Australian sentiment was the order of the day! The Haka was a disappointment, I had expected the crowd to join in but they don’t and it is far more impressive on the TV than live, but it fuelled the All Blacks to a victory of 20 -6 over a tired looking Australia. So now we knew it would be a France V New Zealand Final.