Monday, March 17, 2008

Bay of Islands

Here is Craggy Range winery. That's Te Maa Peak in the background.

This little lad was blowing away, but playing nothing but squaks and squeaks, at the farmer's market on Sunday. He was so funny, people kept dropping coins in his hat! He probably made more in 10 minutes than the legitimate musicians that were playing at the other end of the market.

We flew to Bay of Islands early yesterday morning. Got into Kerikeri at 11:00 a.m. after changing in Auckland. These small domestic flights are easy. We had lunch at Marsden Estate, explored the little resorty village of Kerikeri, then drove down to the coast to our lovely modern apartment across the street from the beach. Edgewater Palms apartments is new, beautifully furnished and very comfortable. We have our own kitchen and washing machine. Our unit looks out on the infinity lap pool. Couldn't ask for more room, privacy, or comfort.

Bay of Islands is sub-tropical, and it is stange to see palm trees and banana trees growing side-by-side with roses and grape vines. The weather here is usually warm but cools off at night. Yesterday we had bright sun and a nice cool breeze. Last night is got pretty cold in here. Amazing. We are off to paddle a Maorie canoe this morning and to take a boat trip out to Hole in the Rock.

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