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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.

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Code Blue – Cape Reinga and Our Trip North March 24, 2017

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LH Cape Reinga – Lighthouse Cape Reinga, the view you get from near the parking lot.

Code Blue – Cape Reinga and Our Trip North

We started off from Whangarei March 4th to the northland as we haven’t
covered this area at all. We stayed at Matauri Bay camp after a lot of
driving north. The next morning we went around to a bunch of beaches.
Sometimes they aren’t easy to get to as gravel roads and bumpy. We managed
to get to 6 different beaches some facing north, south, east and west. To
me they looked pretty much the same but Judy liked them. We then stayed at
the furthest north Top Ten Holiday Park, Whatuwhiwhi on the 5th. Later we
learn it is pronounced Fat-too-fee-fee. We proceed to Cape Reinga on the
6th.

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Code Blue – Update 2-21-17 New Zealand February 21, 2017

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Waitangi - 100 ft Waka canoe landing

Waitangi – 100 ft Waka canoe landing

To: Code Blue Folks,

REMOTE VAN KEY – While visiting another boat on the dock a couple of us were talking with Mark the owner. I was playing with my van keys a bit with my left hand. Soon the Van remote control key fell onto the dock and bounced into the salt water. It had a metal ring and a 10” long blue tape with my name on it left over from having the brakes worked on. Mark didn’t recommend diving for it as it is a very silty mud bottom and the water is pretty yucky here. You can’t see more than six inches and once you touch the bottom you have a silt storm with no visibility.

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