Happy Birthday Harry!
There was a women’s “Duathalon” event taking place in the park just behind where we’d parked this morning, so we went to have a look. The event consisted of a 1.5km run, followed by a 15km bike ride, then another 1.5km run. We got there in the middle of the first transition. Lots of fit, and not-so-fit-but-enthusiastic, women were putting an awful lot of effort into the event.
We stopped at Piroa Falls.
Next stop was a public toilet. These aren’t just any old loos though, they’re the Hundertwasser Toilets in Kawakawa and they’re world famous.
Treaty of Waitangi brought peace after the wars between the Maouri tribes and European settlers in the early 1800s.
Coincidentally it was signed today, the 6th of February, in 1840, so today is Waitangi day! The main road through town was closed and everyone was out celebrating or, it seemed - if they were under 16 - jumping off the bridge into the river. We went along and joined in the party. This is a Kiwi hot dog;
As the crowds were thinning out we went to the Waitangi Treaty Centre where we found that in the spirit of celebration, today was free entry day! We could have spent a whole day looking round; the most spectacular exhibit is a war canoe
Kerikeri. This is the furthest north we’re going; we’ll have a look round tomorrow before heading back to Auckland for our flight out to Adelade on Thursday.