2015 1st Segment

Waitangi, New Zealand

On February 7, 2015, we anchored in the Bay of Islands and had to tender in to the town of Paihia. We left the town of Paihia and traveled to the town of Kerikeri  to visit the 2 oldest European buildings in New Zealand. On the road to Kerikeri we passed lush farms, streams and ranches. In Kerikeri we visited the Kemp house, belonging to one of the first missionaries and next to it the Stone Store and trading post. We then went to Waitangi to a panoramic view of the Bay of Islands and then continued to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. This was where the Maori and the British signed a treaty in...

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Auckland, New Zealand (Day 2)

On our second day in Auckland, we went to the Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Aquarium. The aquarium is located on the banks of the Waitemata Harbor just outside of Auckland. The aquarium is housed completely underground in old unused storage tunnels. The aquarium is divided into sections the two main ones being the Antarctic Encounter and the Underwater World. In the Antarctic Encounter there are Gentoo and King Penguins. In the Underwater World, you walk through a tunnel with the fish swimming  all around.  In another section there were smaller tanks with different types of sea creatures. The...

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Auckland, New Zealand (Day 1)

After leaving Tonga we arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on February 5, 2015. The ship docks next to the Ferry Terminal, in downtown Auckland. To explore the city we rode on the Hop on Hop off bus which takes you to all the major attractions in the city. We enjoyed the native brick and colonial architecture that was seen throughout the city. At the Aukland Museum there is a wonderful collection of Maori crafts and carvings including a Maori meeting house and canoe. On the waterfront there is a promenade that goes along Quay Street which was a  nice place to stroll in the afternoon. The...

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Tonga (Day 2)

Our second day in Tonga, we decided to tour the rest of this small island of Tongatapu. We first went to Royal Palace, where the King holds receptions. As we traveled along the roads of the island we found the people to be very friendly.We also noticed the many cemeteries that were adorned with quilts instead of headstones. We were informed that the people who couldn’t afford headstones decorated the graves with quilts and replaced when needed. We then traveled to Cooks Landing, the place that Captain James Cook landed on the island in 1777. Here there were local craft people selling...

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Tonga (Day 1)

Because of some bad weather ahead it was decided to skip 2 islands and proceed directly to Nuku’Alofa, Tonga arriving on Saturday evening January 31, 2015 giving us 2 nights and two days in this kingdom. We docked about 8:00pm in the evening after viewing a picturesque sunset. We were greeted by a drummer and conch blower along with some dancers. The reason we had to dock on Saturday evening was that Tonga observes no working on Sundays. On Sunday we left the ship and passed under the welcome sign on the pier and into town. The only business open was a Coffee shop which had Wifi  and...

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

We anchored in the lagoon, just outside the town of Vaitape on the island of Bora Bora on January 26, 2015. We tendered into the main pier in the middle of the small town of Vaitape. We were greeted by some local musicians that were playing just outside the craft center. The town has only one main road which has all the stores along it as well as the churches and roadside vendors, with local ladies shopping for the local produce. One of the restaurants had another local band outside to attract customers. Back on the ship there were views of Mt. Otemanu, the main peak of the island, even the...

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