[above – our cabin at Relax-a-Lodge in an orange grove near to Kerikeri] to

Slightly recovered we headed on up route ‘1’ to the north of the island stopping in Waipu and Whangarei before finding our next accommodation. Kerikeri is central for exploring the Bay of Islands – a historical area famous for both fishing and boating. Kerikeri itself lies at the point where the Kerikeri River meets the Pacific Ocean (fresh meets salt water). In 1814 the first Mission station was built here after Samuel Marsden purchased the land from a Maori Chief for 48 axes. Samuel went on to plant vines here in 1819 and along with use of the plough were the first recorded in New Zealand.


our home for the next couple of nights. Can’t speak too highly of ‘Relax a Lodge’ in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand [http://relaxalodge.co.nz/]

Later on in the evening we spent a good 15′ watching the night sky outside our bungalow. It was without doubt the best starscape we’d ever seen. The stars seemed larger and clearer than any of us had seen before.