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Tauranga Bay – is the FAR NORTH of the North Island of New Zealand and a small community of people on the larger Whangaroa Bay…the closest large town, Kerikeri, is South of Tauranga Bay..which is considered part of the Bay of Islands and approximatley 236 kms. or a 3 hour 20 minute drive from Auckland. This area was first visited by Captain cook in 1769 and he aptly name it Bay of Islands. Heading along Hwy. 10 North, and past Kaeo and Whangaroa is Tauranga Bay, where our friends have a typical ‘KIWI batch’ facing the beach…the water is a wonderful aqua color, and it is not unusual for the weather to be a bit of everything in one day. The water can be dead calm or great for boogey or body surfing. The school holidays are now over and the family traffic of the summer is down to a dull roar. In otherwords, it’s pretty peaceful out here in the wop wops! Soon we will head south towards Auckland and settle down in another popular beach town known as Mangawhai which is where I’m hoping I will get to bring out the drawing pad, water colors and camera and pursue my dream of creating artwork that will be appealing enough to give as gifts or to sell…practice makes perfect…there are plenty of beautiful walks to do, Kauri trees to visit, and birds to watch.
Our friends have a fishing boat and regularly go off to areas around the Cavalli islands or just off Whangaroa Bay to catch fresh Snapper, Kawahai or even a Kingfish…we have been eating
fresh fish from the sea, nothing can compare.
Happiness is time out at the beach. Kapai!

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