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Paddle Softly & Carry A Big Stick

Paihia & Russell, Bay Of Islands, Northland, New Zealand

sunny 77 °F
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Our first day since arriving in Kerikeri was a leisurely drive to the nearby resort of Paihia "The Jewel Of The Bay Of Islands"

Upon arriving, we were delighted to find that the Navy Band from the Amphibious Sea Support Ship, HMNZS Canterbury, currently anchored off Waitangi, were performing for the public on the Paihia Village Green.

The Royal New Zealand Navy has been invited by the people of Tai Tokerau to attend Waitangi Day Celebrations tomorrow.


We were also thrilled by the totally unexpected arrival of more than twenty Maori waka taua [war canoes] manned by up to 80 paddlers and up to 40 metres in length. The crews landed on a nearby beach and practiced their war dances in preparation for the Waitangi Day celebrations.

It was amazing to see the rehearsal performance at close quarters - apparently we will not be able to see very much of the actual performance tomorrow due to the thousands of people expected to attend. Timing is everything!


After arranging various excursions which we will undertake over the next few days [watch this space], we took a short ferry ride across the water to Russell. Russell was the first capital of New Zealand and one of the first European settlements.

Kia ora!

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Who Wears Short Shorts......

From Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand

semi-overcast 82 °F
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....besides Rebecca and myself? [The first thing we did after checking in and showering was change into our shorts and flip flops and we plan to continue that trend for the next 5 months!]


On our drive from Auckland airport to Northland we were reminded of our previous visit to New Zealand and the propensity of the omnipresent road construction crews to see who can wear the shortest and tightest shorts! It's a sight to behold and a sight frequently seen in a country which is probably the traffic cone capital of the world.

We finally arrived after a 2 hour drive to Charlotte, 5 hour flight to LA, 7 1/2 hour layover at LAX, 12 hour flight to Auckland and a 4 hour drive to Kerikeri, New Zealand.

We're a bit worse for wear and tear but no problems along the way. We are here in body but our brains are apparently still in transit. No change there some might say!

Friday February 6th is Waitangi Day which is a national celebration [similar to the 4th of July]. We will be attending the festivities and will report in due course.

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New Zealand & Australia 2009

Trevor and Rebecca Lawton are embarking on their Australasian Odyssey at the beginning of February 2009.

We are flying from Charlotte, North Carolina to Auckland, New Zealand where we will be spending a month exploring.

We then fly from Auckland to Melbourne, Australia where we will be traveling the length and breadth of the continent from March through June 2009.

This blog will enable us to document our travels and will hopefully be of interest to any family or friends who wish to follow our journey and share our experiences online.

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Trevor and Rebecca

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