You are following our retroactive tour of New Zealand made in December 2010 - January 2012.
At this point of the trip it’s early in the New Year and we are at Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands, in Northland.
We’ve just left the massive ”waka” or canoe and are slowly making our way around the grounds.
Himself, my friend and our combined group of children got so far ahead of me that they’ve had time to have a paddle in the sea as well as a good run around.
I’ve been taking my time, stopping to rest and plodding along carefully on my crutches. This set of photos takes us past various parts of the Waitangi Grounds… some very important bits are coming up, but they get their own post.
We are heading towards the grass-topped knoll that I could see earlier on the peninsular when I zoomed in with the camera (from our picnic lunch spot on the beach at Paihia a few posts back). Paihia is across the bay at the extreme far right in the background of the first photo, and the beach we were on is probably just fractionally out of shot, about another centimetre to the right. There’s another Maori Meeting House here at Waitangi too and I would have liked to have gone over and had a look inside but it was some distance away and I was getting rather tired so decided to pass that one up. It’s excellent to get out and about but I’ve got to recognise my physical limits and know when enough is enough.
Little Mr gets disproportionately excited (as only six year old boys can) when a helicopter passes by so that photo is for especially for him and any other “plane spotters” amongst my readers (although I assume that adult plane spotters don’t emit very loud high pitched squeals when they spot helicopters LOL). There is the possibility to walk in a large loop that would take us back to the Information Centre at the entrance but after seeing the next two things just around the corner (all will be revealed soonest!) I find it’s time to call it quits on the walking, so Himself sprints back to the car park and retrieves the van to pick us up. Let’s take a look around this last part of the grounds …