A road trip is a great way to experience a new place and thanks to Whangarei car rentals, I did exactly that. I drove towards Paihia and stopped at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, which is the site of New Zealand’s founding agreement. I also took the Bay of Islands tour on a boat and we cruised through the famous Hole in the Rock. I relaxed while the captain expertly navigated the rocky capes, secluded beaches, and beautiful islands.
I also had a chance to see the statue of Opo the dolphin. This was a friendly bottlenose dolphin that became famous for playing with kids of the little town of Opoponi on the Hokianga harbor. I also took some pictures with the dolphin statue. You too can learn the story when you visit the statue and read it for yourself.
I also had a chance to view the beautiful inlet and walk the interesting trails. There’s a nearby restaurant that serves amazing food and after lunch, I headed towards Kerikeri. When I reached Kerikeri, I got a chance to check out various historical buildings, including the Stone Store and Kemp House. There’s also a replica village that shows how the Maori people led their lives before the European Missionaries arrived.
I also followed the Twin Coast Discovery Highway and made a stop at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe. The museum tells us the fascinating story of the kauri tree and its gum and pioneering past. Here we’re told about the lives of the loggers and their families. There’s a small entry fee but that’s worthwhile because the museum contains many exhibits. I spent a couple of hours there and got to learn about early life in New Zealand. All in all, I had an amazing day trip and plan to do it again.