Sometimes dolphins swim up very close to the tourist boats and tourists manage to take pictures even with simple snapshot cameras.
On the shore you can see the New Zealand houses standing absolutely "at one with nature" - here's a house, surrounded by green trees, standing on the cliff in the Pacific Ocean.
Here are dolphins again, they are everywhere.
During our tour the boat also stopped to bring food in a remote mansion of some New Zealander. In the next picture you can seen an interesting island where it is situated. On the right is a pier and a small house for staff, and to the right behind the scenes is the house itself high on a mountain. During the low tide its owner can walk to the pier on foot through a thin isthmus, and when the tide is high there are already two islands and one can get from one on the other only by swimming.
Here's a pier of the "remote masion".
Here's the house.
We constantly met beautiful islands-rocks on the way.
Finally, here is another local landmark - the rock with a simple name "Hole in the Rock".
you can also take a helicopter tour over the same bay and look at everything from the air.
Paihia is very close to the place where the statehood of New Zealand began.
The Treaty of Waitangi was signed here on 6 February 1840.
Till our days this treaty has remained one of the main documents controlling the social structure of the country. It creates principles of existence of Maori and the modern New Zealand state.
Creation of the New Zealand state was almost "bloodless". The treaty was signed by William Hobson on behalf of the United Kingdom and by the leader of the Apui tribe Hōne Heke who signed it on behalf of Maori - his tribe and 40 leaders of the other tribes.
Place of signature is in the north of Paihia on the other side of the Waitangi River. You need to drive across this narrow bridge to get there.
A huge number of bridges in New Zealand are equipped for only one lane. The population density is very small and this doesn't cause traffic jams.
To pass one another on such bridges there are special places in the middle of the bridge sometimes, and sometimes there are no such places. Cars wait till the oncoming traffic passes at the edge of the bridge.
Now there is an open-air history museum on the site of the treaty signature and the socio-political center, but I have not visited it due to lack of time.
There is also a proud-hearted three-masted sailing ship called "Tui", which houses a part of the Kelly Tarlton's Museum of Shipwrecks. I've already visited his another museum in Auckland.
This flagpole pointed by an arrow indicates the place where the famous treaty was signed.
Now a few words about the treaty. The Brits here were voluntary colonizers and colonized the land peacefully, unlike the Australians - the convicts or conquistadors, which almost completely destroyed the Maya civilization.
Under the agreement, New Zealand passed into the British control. Maori reserved their property and non-property rights, received the patronage of Great Britain and transferred the Crown their exclusive rights to purchase their land.
Even now the wealthiest businesses are owned by the descendants of Maori. This is the only indigenous people in the world that can boast of such fate by the white men, which really can not be said about the Australian Aborigines or the North American Indians living in reservation areas.
A few interesting facts about the Maori. Number of the indigenous people in the population of New Zealand is 13%.
Usually they are fat people. They did not know diseases and problems of the Europeans before their arrival. Now they have the largest in the country percentage of incidence of diabetes.
The Maori have their own King and hierarchy. Their families have many children and a tribal structure, ie, a woman can choose a husbands.
Despite large sizes of most of them, many Maori can be found in New Zealand sport.
They are characterized by innate belligerence, but the Maori are also very pragmatic people. They decided not to tempt their fate and agreed to sign the treaty proposed by the British Crown. Several leaders were against, so they didn't manage to avoid the blood completely.
Some of the Maori leaders were even taken in the UK in order to show them the "benefits of civilization", because the "natives" even didn't know iron before the arrival of the Brits.
Finally, there is the place in