|180 degree panorama. Typical of what you see while driving here.|
|The large, and very new marina in Opua.|
|Catching the ferry to Russel. Our rental car is the white Toyota Corolla.|
|A stone path across the creek that flows inside the cave|
|Glow worms on the cave ceiling. Their light is blue.|
|The cave entrance. Fantastic formations and colors.|
On Friday a friend of Jerome's flew in from Queenstown (on the south island) for a weekend visit. Blair is a Canadian who has worked with Jerome on several big construction projects in the US. Blair has been living in New Zealand for the past 5 years. He took all of us out for a day long driving excursion and it was amazing. Blair likes to drive fast though, quite fast. We felt like we were strapped into a rally car at times, zipping through the winding roads. It was fun, and thrilling. Blair is a great driver though, and Cindy and I felt safe, even though he was going much faster than I would have with a car full of passengers.
|Blair standing atop a little lookout platform.|
All the staterooms on-board were occupied, so Blair found a room through Air B&B which was only a few blocks away from the boat. The owners, Mike and Jennifer, invited us all over for a BBQ on Saturday night. We went and it was great fun. It just so happened that once a month this couple has a big BBQ and the night we went was the night of their big gathering. There were 20+ people there and we had some interesting conversations with many of them.
|Having dinner with a bunch of new friends. We even learned a lot about|
Rugby, seen on the TV behind Cindy. Mike and Jennifer's house.
|Mike and Jennifer's dog Millie took a liking to Cindy|
|Hiking around with Paul|
|Cindy making her own trail|
|Looking for a book at the library. No luck.|
|Whale Bay. Awesome sand beach, near Matapouri NZ on the Tutukaka Coast.|