Paihia & the Hole in the Rock
To end our New Zealand holiday, we scheduled a few days in the Bay of Islands, anticipating a little R&R in the sun. Despite a dismal forecast, the weather upon our arrival raised our hopes. Sunshine, a cruise ship in the distance, a hang-glider enjoying the view . . .
. . . all set the stage for a a stoll on the beach.
Some diligent dam builders brought back fond memories.
Rainy days followed, however, so we kept pushing back our harbor cruise, hoping for better weather. (To salvage our time, we took a full-day, round-trip bus tour north, covered in separate posts.) Our final morning cleared enough for the harbor cruise, after all. We didn’t get sun, but we enjoyed watching dolphins play.
Captain Cook aptly named the Bay of Islands. Scattered in various shapes and sizes, some barren, some treed, the islands offer an ever-changing scene. The highlight sits at the Bay’s edge, where the Pacific has carved the Hole in the Rock.
On calm days, boats sail though, but it was too rough when we were there. One time a wave and spray filled the hole. Fun to see, but not a place to be.