Really, really interesting history lesson in an idyllic location.
We were really fortunate with the weather as well – blue skies, warm sunshine – we needed both sunglasses and suncream.
But back to the history… The Maori guide was extremely knowledgeable, fascinating and chatty. He described the arrival of the first Europeans and the reception they received from the Maoris. And then how the two sides managed to make working (and sometimes domestic!) relationships. And the many ups and downs along the way, including the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.
It really helped explain the origins of the peoples of New Zealand.
Then an excellent Maori cultural ceremony including taking our shoes off to enter the Maori meeting house.
Finally a leisurely lunch in the spectacular and extensive lush green lawns.