Our cruise ship anchored at Rangiora. As there wasn't a lot on offer other than sitting under a palm tree we decided to visit the Pearl Farm. Our fears of being pressured into buying pearls turned out to be totally unfounded. The manager was a lovable Frenchmen who explained the workings of the cultured pearl industry in Rangiora and went through the culturing process. It was pleasing to hear that the technicians who implant the bead and mantle are locals trained in Rangiora rather than being hired from Japan or China. Recommend if you are ever in Rangiora.
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