Wednesday, 26 December 2012
26.12.2012 - 26.12.2012
Overcast, windy, quite cold not a great start to the day. We haven't been to this destination so we're going ashore regardless.
A quick breakfast and we report in for a tender ticket. We don't have long to wait and we're escorted aboard the first tender to take passengers to Waitangi Wharf. About 10 minutes of rock and roll had us ashore where a free shuttle bus was ready to take us into the town of Paihia.
The little town is totally geared for tourists with every form of water based activity available. There is also a helicopter for an aerial view. Sadly the drizzle continues to dampen the experience. The Craft Market was a treasure trove of handmade local jewelry and other art objects.
We figured it would be good for our health so we walked back to the Waitangi Wharf with a number of opportunities for photos despite the weather. When we got back to the wharf we considered the option of visiting the Waitangi Treaty House but decided that we'd head back to the ship. The tender trip back was almost as interesting as our ride in Akaroa. The little craft are no doubt totally seaworthy but they do rock about.
On our return to the ship it was almost time for lunch so we spent some time in the Deck 14 Buffet before returning to the cabin for the 1330 movie, "Overboard" with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. A lighthearted comedy with an unlikely plot. By the time it was over the weather had improved significantly and it was quite pleasant to watch the final tenders being retrieved and the ship weighed anchor and we headed off to Sydney shortly after 1600.
A pleasant dinner in the dining room and then we retired to the cabin to watch another movie. Judi Dench in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel". It is about to start as I write this piece. An interesting story line and quite thought provoking.
Sea days from here on in, I'll try to find something to write about 8-)
See you tomorrow.