Day 44 Russell, Bay of Islands
Quiet morning here in Russell with news of the earthquake in Christchurch dominating the news understandably, the terrestrial channels are showing nothing else as a National State of Emergency has been declared. There is a lot of talk in the streets too and even though we are hundreds of miles away there are many people who are on holiday here who either live in Christchurch or who have friends and relatives there which makes it seem very close.
Took the ferry to Paihia around midday as the weather hasn't been up to much today, warm at around 25deg but cloudy. We thought we might walk to the falls but only got as far as the Waitangi Treaty Centre where we got talking to a Kiwi, whilst we were having our lunch. He was a really interesting guy but put the fear of God into me with talk of snake encounters in Australia; he was in the outback though so hopefully staying in the cities will be fine! He was also telling us about the New Zealand bush which is so dense that the brother of a friend of his who had a car accident into a ravine was not found for 27 years!
The town was really busy today as the cruise ship Princess Sun was anchored in the Bay and consequently the numbers were swelled by 2000+. Loads of buses too ferrying the people to and from the tender berths; made us feel quite nostalgic for the cruising life again. I just loved getting back onboard after a day ashore to your home from home.
Think we will have a quiet night in and catch up with some reading as watching the TV is so upsetting, our prayers are with you Christchurch.