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Feb. 3 – BAY OF ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND

MISTY, MOISTY MORNING

semi-overcast 72 °F

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Serenity anchored in the Bay of Islands, the first of our two ports in New Zealand. We took an early tender to the Waitangi pier, then a shuttle to Paihia, and here we boarded a ferry to cross the bay to again visit the small town of Russell.

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Last night’s rain was welcome here – they had had none since Christmas!

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Russell was the original capital of New Zealand – oh, good – a Sunday Craft Fair in the Town Hall!

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After a bit of shopping we strolled along the shore road.

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Then we attended the 10:30am service at Christ Anglican Church, the oldest church in New Zealand (1836).

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This is the Policeman’s home (one policeman?) -initially the Custom House in the late 1800’s.

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A Morton Bay Fig Tree was planted by the first collector of customs

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Those are some fish I never heard of!

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Time to return to the mothership for our late afternoon Sunday Worship Service

Posted by Swenigale 17:02 Archived in New Zealand

Feb. 4 – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

LAST DAY OF THE FIRST SEGMENT

sunny 75 °F
View Serenity 10 on Swenigale's travel map.

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We are in Auckland for two full days and the weather is clear and beautiful – perfect for a long walk up the hills from the port to the charming suburb of Parnell.

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We had heard of the pretty churches and boutique shops – absolutely needed to check them out. This is the Catholic church of St. John.

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Colonial buildings have been restored and protected and new owners have put their stamp on them.

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Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral, consecrated in 2017 – all debts paid!

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The Anglican Cathedral church of St. Mary’s, consecrated in 1888

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Yes, we had made it to the top – but now must go back down to the ship for the Super Bowl! Yea, Patriots!

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Posing Hästa

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Cute.

Posted by Swenigale 00:16 Archived in New Zealand

Feb. 5 – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

SECOND SEGMENT OF THE WORLD CRUISE

sunny 80 °F

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Today begins Serenity’s “Down Under Discovery”.

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Auckland’s ferry service is quick and reliable. This morning we took a short ride across the water to Devonport.

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Leaving the town behind us, we followed a track that would bring us to the top (we hoped) of Mount Victoria, Devonport’s highest volcanic cone at 283 feet above sea level.

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Hi!

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That’s it – that skinny footpath

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No hand rails!

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We’re up!

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We’ve shown this unique gun in the past – it’s Fort Victoria’s “Disappearing Gun”. It took 110 pounds of black powder to fire a 210 pound shell 5 miles. It was hidden in the pit for reloading.

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Hästa in place

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Stick ‘em up!

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Going down (the easy way this time!)

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Devonport’s waterfront is a favorite escape from the city for Aucklanders.

Posted by Swenigale 14:11 Archived in New Zealand

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