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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga September 26th 2012

Citroen 2CV’s take on the Roads Less Travelled in the Far North More 2CV Adventure..... After our Shadow of the Andes Expedition earlier in the year and enjoying the little cars so much, it was time to share some of it’s capabilities with other owners, so in consultation with Paul Absolum, in Auckland, we hatched this Raid on the Far North. The plan was to get to the Cape and back by the roads less travelled and keep as far away from main routes and tar seal as possible. After sending out the invitation for 2CV owners to join us on the Far North Raid, we received a very positive response and by start day we had Paul and Melean Absolum, who had joined me on the Shadow of the Andes Expedition to Chile, Argentina, Bolivia ... read more
Regroup at Port Albert
2CV's And Steam

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga May 28th 2012

Come the morning in Matai Bay, although the weather was a little better than the previous day, it was still pretty poor. This however didn’t stop us from taking a stroll along the amazing beach and imagining what it would be like in nice weather in the summer months.Once the rain started to fall a little heavier, we decided it was time to hit the road, and so we set off towards Cape Reinga and the northern tip of the North Island. As we neared Cape Reinga, the weather was still pretty dreary, and so we knew that any real walking or sightseeing was out of the question. We decided anyway just to go see what the road was like leading up to the lighthouse in case it improved tomorrow. Once there, we couldn’t resist walking ... read more
DOC Campsite beach
Beach in the sun...Thats better!
Looking up at the Lighthouse at the tip of the North Island

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga April 15th 2012

Out of cell phone signal and back to simple living, wow out of this world guys, the water was so clear i could see my feet, reflection of course ha ha, seriously i have been treat so well and had some great oppurtuinities i cannot , and will not grumble, no more VM (if you get it your cleverer than i) came up far north as a guest and had a wonderful welcome and great company, the fishing is just out of this world, the peace and quiet is so spritual and calming, i missed not speaking to my family alot, but i did not miss the cell phone one bit, my trip is getting better, Ta ta for now Sam x... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga March 3rd 2012

2/29/2012 Trampers 5(including Margaret) are planning a road trip to Cape Reinga, the northern tip of the North Island. Margaret arranged a guided bus trip. To begin the trip, we drove from Margaret’s house in Manganoui to Kauri Kingdom, a tourist depot in Awanui. There we met our driver, Senny, a native Maori, with Sand Safaris. Senny had a great sense of humor. Gifted with a singing voice, he serenaded us with Maori songs as we drove along. We hadn’t driven far when Senny announced we would be leaving the state highway, and taking the beach road, known as 90 Mile Beach. (Note: this beach is actually ONLY 60 miles long but the Kiwis have a THINK BIG psyche …… little brother syndrome in the shadow of the Australians). Motor vehicles are allowed to ... read more
90 Mile Beach
90 Mile Beach
90 Mile Beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga January 19th 2012

Drove to Cape Rienga......most northerly point.......this where the Tasman Sea meets the South Pacific Ocean! Great scenery......drove back down the coast to the huge sand dunes.......then went for a surf on 90 mile beach...stayed in Kaitaia overnite in the Northerner............ read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga January 2nd 2012

Our hitch hiking experience to Cape Reinga was only possible thanks to a local school bus driver and his wife, who picked up around 10 people in a bus and drove us 40km towards Cape Reinga. They even picked up a kid with a rat tail. -sean... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga December 12th 2011

12/1/2010 Josh dropped me off at the airport in Atlanta. 12/1/2011 I picked Josh up at the airport in Auckland. Headed staight north to the very tip of New Zealand to Cape Reinga. Did a little hike and camped out on the beach. Then slowly started heading south. Worked our way to Auckland and went to meeting there. Stayed with some friends we made at the hall and monday went to the bethel. We got put in a tour group with the New Zealand sign language group. After bethel we headed to the hot water beaches on the Coromandel peninsula. You dig a hole in the sand and it fills up with hot water. Then on to Tauranga for the night then on to Gisborne where we caught tuesday meeting. Then worked our way back to ... read more
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga November 24th 2011

We arrived in NZ OK after a long flight via Hong Kong. We picked up the campervan OK and settled quickly into our new beachside home in Takapuna, as recommended by Marys relative David. He lives just round the corner from the site and we spent a few days with him and Sue and Jonny as they very kindly showed us some of the sites of Auckland and surrounding area. After 5 days we headed north and drove through the Kauri forests and saw quite a few of these enormous and very old trees. We also stayed at a very nice regional park site as recommended by Dave and here we saw some very impressive Pohutukawa trees just turning red with flowers. We stayed at a small site in the Trounsen national park and here we ... read more
026 Waipoua forest
045tasman sea meets pacific ocean

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga September 21st 2011

I had so much fun sandboarding in Te Paki! It is hard work and you have to scale the huge sand dunes in order to sandboard down and scaling sand dunes is exhausting as each step you take, your foot just sinks deep into the soft sand. It takes a long time to get to the top, more like 2 steps forward, 1 step backward sort of cx... read more
Me at my failed attempt
Before our climb
Our toboggans

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga September 20th 2011

Lie Wei and I finished work at around 3-ish pm on Monday and since weather forecast was going to be good on Tuesday, we (including her sis and Jie Min) decided to head to Cape Reinga, which is almost the most northen-most point in the North Island. The actual most northen point is actually Surville Cliff but Cape Reinga is probably more famous because it is the most scenic. It is about 280+ km north of Whangarei. Cape Reinga is a very sacred place to the Maori people. It is believed that the spirits of the dead travel to Cape Reinga on their journey to the afterlife to leap off the headland and climb the roots of the 800 year old Pohutukawa tree and descend to the underworld to return to their traditional homeland of Hawaiiki-a-nui, ... read more
On the 90-mile beach
Rarawa Beach
Another shot of Rarawa Beach

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