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Our Journey to the Bay of Islands

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This entry was posted on 12/7/2006 4:52 AM and is filed under New Zealand.

It was a 4.5 hour drive north from Auckland to the Bay of Islands, still driving on the wrong side of the road.  It was called Highway 1, and was similar to the Highway 1 that we know in Northern California.  This one was also very narrow and had only two lanes with the occasional passing lane.  It was scenic with more cows than sheep.

We drove past a little store that had a sign posted that read "Last Cheese for Miles", so of course we had to stop.  It was in the city of Kaiwaka and you can see why Mindy fell in love with it.  It featured two of her favorite things...cheese and licorice.

They must have had 20 kinds of licorice: salty, sweet, hard, soft, etc.

I wouldn't let Mindy sample these chips...way too weird.

Nor these....

Our Lodge at Bay of Islands reminded us of a small scale Ventana or Post Ranch in Big Sur.  We found it on the Internet.  Only 4 rooms, each with its own balcony overlooking the magnificent Bay.  And there are only two rooms occupied during our visit.  Peter, the owner, cooks breakfast and dinner for the guests at his two Lodges
every day either up here or at their other Lodge closer to the Bay.  He and his wife Glennis Meier owned a restaurant for several years before switching their profession to lodge keepers.  

Here's a view of the place from just up the road.  It sits atop the hill with magnificent views...

The balcony outside our room...

View of the Bay of Islands


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