Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Whangarei to Awanui

This was a very interesting day with the highlight being a tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

First a stop at the waterfalls right in Whangarei.  What a beautiful spot right in the city!




We went off the highway to check out the Hundertwasser Toilets and art in the town of Kawakawa.
I think this is the first time I've taken a picture in a bathroom :p



We went on a very informative tour of the grounds (you can read about it in the link above).

The flag pole with the New Zealand flag, the original New Zealand flag that the Maori adopted for Maritime use and the British flag.  


The biggest Maori Waka.  It's so big that once they got it to the water they decided to build a shed for it right at the edge of the water instead of trying to get it back up the hill when it was wet and weighing even more.




At the end of the tour we were able to go into the Marae for a cultural presentation.

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We stayed in a country cottage for a couple nights.  Very quiet and scenic!

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