|Autumnal colour in Arrowtown, South Island.|
But before we leave Auckland, let’s meet Richard
William Pearse 1877–1953, poor farmer and inventor from Temuka, South Island
but whose aeroplane (or a copy thereof) flies in Auckland’s Museum of Transport
and Technology (MOTAT).
|Pearse Memorial in Waitohi|
|Pearse's water-cooled engine|
A replica of Pearse’s aircraft hangs in the Timaru Museum as well as in MOTAT.
|Artists impression of Richard flying|
|Great Barrier Island|
|American Troops assemble in Auckland prior to leaving to serve in the Pacific|
I knew and loved the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and the glories of beautiful Cornwall but never had I driven up a long, dark and occasionally claustrophobic road to be confronted so unexpectedly with a landscape which seemed to open out the world and stretch for hundreds of miles.
|A small portion of the view from Brynderwyn|
|From Top of the World cafe|
|Town Basin Whangarei|
An appropriate name for the designer of such a fantastic toilet.
Until Hunderwasser’s loo was built, Kawakawa was mainly known for the train which shares space with cars along the main street; not the only place in New Zealand where car and train get along together.
|Duke Marlborough Hotel, Russell|
So appalling was their behaviour that it became known as The Hell Hole of the Pacific.
However, in 1841, Ngati Whatua, an Auckland-area Maori tribe, gifted land to Hobson and Auckland became the capital. It wasn’t until 1865 that Wellington assumed this role.
|Captain William Hobson|
|Remnants of the original|
Paihia is the major tourist town of Northland and, of course, there are many things to do on sea and land.
Cruises around the islands are popular, expecially the historic Cream Trip.
This began in 1927, when Albert Fuller, started a collection and delivery route around the many inhabited islands.
I took this trip some years ago and where there's nowhere for the boat to moor, the residents have breeches buoys and other contraptions to haul their mail and produce to and from the vessel.
He was the pioneer who led Northland towards the flourishing international reputation as growers and exporters of fine fruits it is today.
|Rainbow Warrior, 1985|
Although the Rainbow Warrior could not sail to Mururoa, hundreds of private crafts owned by New Zealanders, did so.
|Rainbow Warrior Memorial|
|NASA shot of Aupouri Peninsula|
State Highway One will take us to the very tip of the North Island, although not the northernmost point, which is the Surville Cliffs, 30km east.
|Kapowairua from the air|
|The Pohutukawa tree at Kapowairua|
And we are at the end of our journey too. In reality, there is much, much more to see of New Zealand than appears in this blog. I hope you'll come and explore for yourself one day. It's well worth it and by and large, we're friendly😁.
I dedicate this blog entry to my dear friend Micki, who came to the end of her 90+ year journey as I was writing this.