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Oct 26-27

At Sea and Tauranga

The internet is patchy on the boat to say the least... Well our trip to Napier was cancelled yesterday. We developed engine problems in Wellington and were delayed by four hours leaving port. The sea was rough so the captain decided to head directly to Tauranga. I was very disappointed since I was looking forward to seeing my friend Brigid there. I will just have to make it back here soon to spend more time here.. So yesterday the cruise director had to work like mad to put together a sea day package .. So we went to bingo and sara won $86 AUD on the first game... she said she felt lucky and she sure was.. We went to the casino and lost about $35 of it quickly and knew to walk away... other than that it was a quiet day . We decided to book a shore excursion for Tauranga .. it was a new excursion on the website ( highly recommend it )
Oct 27- arrived in at Tauranga at 9 am ... our tour left by coach at 11 . Took a tour in the area and the Bay of Plenty. Saw the ship that hit the reef off in this distance and there were people on the beach checking for oil nuggets on the beach. The house prices on the ocean are in the millions but a few streets back are in the 400- 600 K range.. We went through the Kiwifruit capital of New Zealand Te Puke -- there are two types - green and gold ( which is the sweeter of the two ) , went through many maori villages and saw there meeting areas ... great respect for them ... Well we then headed up to Rotorua which was inhabited by the Maoris since the 14th century and is a thermal resort and sacred waters, where there are geysers, mud pools and very hot steam bath areas... There is also amazing trout fishing- our tour guide told us that a license for trout costs 140 for a year ( sept- June) and is plentiful in the area ... Heard a few stories of the area which warms your heart.. needed it since it was cold and overcast today. We were up a steep hill taking a cable car up to the summit and then took three luge rides down the mountain ( ranging from beginner to fast- Sara and I tried the three types... went down the hill and back up via the chair lift... the views were breathtaking from the summit. We also saw a 4D movie of the south coast alps .. breathtaking and worth seeing... The smell of sulpher from the hot spots were not too bad today but did manage to overwhelm a coulple of people on the bus... Love the countryside with the green hills, sheep, cows and deers ( farmed) .. There are also steel belts around the hydro poles along the road to keep the possums down from the lines. They are a nuisance but there fur is used in combination with Merino wool to make amazing sweathers, socks and mittens... very soft and warm....
Our boat left dock at 8:00 and is on its way to Auckland.....

Posted by dawneglitis 00:15

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