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Code Blue – Spa, Maori & War Museum April 9, 2017

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Sailing Waka – Smaller sailing waka

Code Blue Folks — 4-9-17

*SPA and WATER SLIDES* – March 15th we took off for Auckland and points
south on the North Island heading for some areas on the North Island we
haven’t covered before. We stopped at Orewa a small town on the way on the
east seashore. This was a Top Ten Holiday Park and we noticed a hot
springs was nearby so we headed for the Waiwera Infinity Thermal Spa Resort
about 7 km away. It had several concrete pools and water slides with
natural thermal water. Pools had names like Lava Pool 48 degs Celsius,
Sapphire Pool 40 C, Seal Pool 36 C, The Blowhole 35 C, Opal 31 C and
several pools for kids one was the movie pool with The Big Friendly Giant
(BFG) playing. The Lava pool was much too hot. Near the end, as I’d almost
forgotten, they were in a different area, I tried a few water slides.

*MAORI and MUSEUM* – The next day we stopped in Auckland at the War
Memorial Museum. Free if you were a resident of Auckland. Donation if you
were a NZ resident, more if non-resident. I tried to make a donation but
the lady stopped me and said you don’t have to make a donation. So I said
we’re from Whangarei and went on in. The best part of this museum is the
Maori part on the main floor and part of the second. There is a war canoe,
waka from 1836 that is 25 meters long (82 ft) that can hold 100 warriors. It
has a history of many owners but was presented to the Auckland Museum in
1885.

On 5th of Feb. 1840, northern chiefs were gathered at Waitangi in the Bay
of Islands and fiercely debating whether to sign the treaty. Matters hung
in the balance until Nene rose to speak. He powerfully argued that the
Treaty would bring Pakeha (white man) under British law, maintain chiefly
power, that the British would promote peace and stability. His speech
tipped the balance. The Treaty was signed the following day. In 1853,
this great waka was give to Ngapuhi chief Tamati Waka Nene. Without Nene
the Treaty of Waitangi may never have been signed. He was a man of great
mana and importance to both Maori and Pakeha.

In the war part of the museum there is a Spitfire and a Zero airplane.

Next stop is Hobbiton Movie Set

Steve and Judy
s/v Code Blue (currently sanding and prepping the galley sole for new
varnish)
Whangarei, NZ — Plans for Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia then Australia in
November 2017
Blog – svcodeblue.wordpress.com

 – s / j –

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Comments»

1. Marie & Greg - April 9, 2017

Great photos. Thanks for updates. Safe travels. Marie & Greg

2. Richard Carter - April 9, 2017

Appreciate reading about your experiences. They are very informative.

3. Cissy - April 9, 2017

Thanks for the update. Great photos!!

4. Sandi Dauzenroth - April 10, 2017

Nice pictures, Thanks for the updates, Sandi

5. Captain Howard - April 20, 2017

Way to sail on!


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