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April 22nd 2005
Published: June 22nd 2005
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Well... I think we hit somewhere in Asia if we kept going passed Cape Reinga anyway! On the last day of our trip we were up and on the road for 7am to Cape Reinga at the tip of the North Island (or at least as far North as you can get as a tourist). It was well worth the early start as all the tourist buses were still miles away so we had the place to ourselves. This area is where the Maori believe spirits of the dead, having reached the Cape by way of 90 Mile Beach, finally depart the island. Not a bad place to depart!

The rest of the day was a long drive back to Auckland via the west coast and some huge Kauri trees. Whilst not the biggest trees on the planet the largest, the 1200 year old Tane Mahuta, at some 6m wide and 18m up to the lowest branches was pretty impressive.

Back in Auckland it was time to say goodbye to Sam and Jo :0( They're off to Queenstown now to work for the winter whilst I'm having a few days in the city and then taking the scenic route down to Wellington.

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