An early start today as we left Auckland and travelled to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands where we joined an overnight cruise around the bays ……. very spoilt 🙂 It was a bit windy so cruised around to find a sheltered bay where we anchored and could go kayaking or be tendered to the island to swim and walk up to an old Maori Pa site.

This image is from the shore looking towards our boat and Kerikeri in the distance behind the hills. The cross is a memorial to Samuel Marsden – a missionary who preached the first sermon in NZ – on this beach at Rangihoua Bay on Christmas Day 1814. It is the site of a missionary settlement where the first pakeha child was born in New Zealand