Friday, 16 November 2012
16.11.2012 - 16.11.2012
The ship arrived off the port before 0600 and was secured and disembarking passengers by about 0715. There was no perceivable sunrise and only managed a few blurry images of the dock area.
After breakfast we went ashore and walked down the main street of Mount Maunganui. Shops had not yet come to life but it looked like a lively place.
We had challenged ourselves to walk up the Mount. It is a mere 232 meters high and the track is said to be 3.4 Km, "a comfortable 1 hour walk". It took us a good hour to make it to the top and at least 40 minutes to get back down, well worth the effort.
Back in the town we found a bakery and I just had to have a pie. Jenny bought some wool and knitting needles from the Red Cross shop. The town is not only in a beautiful setting but it appears that the residents take pride in the town. We heard a number of comments along the line "I could live here!!" Totally agree. Back at the ship in time for lunch.
Nothing scheduled for this afternoon so we'll just kick back and recover from the walk.
Another excellent dinner in the dining room and the show was the best so far of an excellent line up. Mario D'Andrea sang beautifully and played the guitar with a skill I have never previously witnessed, at one stage he made it sound like a bagpipe at another it was a mandolin. he had the audience so involved that at one stage a woman from the audience danced onto the stage to the tune of Zorba's Dance. He received a standing ovation from almost the whole audience.