Paihia & the Hole in the Rock

Written by  //  March 17, 2012  //  Land Travel, New Zealand, Travel Journals  //  1 Comment

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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 . . .

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. . . all set the stage for a a stoll on the beach.

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Some diligent dam builders brought back fond memories.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

One Comment on "Paihia & the Hole in the Rock"

  1. Ann March 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm · Reply

    Delightful photos of the dolpins!

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