Day 8

Waimate Mission House

Originally uploaded by beejayge

Homeward Bound. With very pink sore lobster legs I set off for home.

First stop on the way back was the Waimate Mission House, which was a really cool place to stop because I learnt so much history, but also because there wasn’t too much walking to be done (walking is very painful with legs like overcooked sausages).

Here is some of what I learnt about the Mission House: it is the 2nd oldest building still standing in New Zealand, it was built in 1832 as part of a mission station, established by the London-based Church Missionary Society.

The mission’s role in fostering contact between Maori and Pakeha led to it being the scene of the second signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.

The Mission House is a reminder of early interaction between Maori and Pakeha, with Maori providing land and labour in return for wages and missionary expertise. It is internationally important as part of an early attempt to create an English-style landscape in New Zealand and spread European agricultural methods. (Source: www.historic.org.nz)

Whangarei Falls

Next and final stop was the Whangarei Falls, it was here that I discovered if I hitched up my shorts past the painful bits I could walk a lot more easily. It just wasn’t a good look for oncoming tourists. But they didn’t seem to care, actually from the looks on their faces they thought it was quite funny and definitely obvious why I was walking around like that.

Being around 2:30 it was also the hottest part of the day and surely the hottest day of the year so far, this didn’t help, but the falls were beautiful and walking through the native bush down to the base of the falls was lovely – but my friend thought it was a bit humid.

Finally I am home and the traffic was great all the way. I’ve had an awesome holiday, eaten loads of fantastic seafood, seen some of New Zealand’s most awesome sights, taken hundreds of photos, enjoyed some great hospitality and made some new friends.

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