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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga September 14th 2011

Drove from Owera to Paihia after looking for a place to stay and asking about what was around the cheapest option was paying for 24hrs in a car park. Got an early night after having a BBQ off the side of the van. Up the next morning we hoped on the boat and headed over the Russel, New Zealands first capital. Had a good look around it was a nice small town nothing to exciting then we went back to Paihia on the boat and drove the van up to Cape Reinga. Run into some French blokes standing in the middle of the road on the way. They were worried about running out of fuel I told they should be able to make it there and back. Didn't see them again so they must have done ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga August 6th 2011

Die Fahrt zum Cap Reinga führte uns heute zum äußersten Zipfel im Norden Neuseelands. Nach einer alten Legende der Maoris, sollen die Seelen der Verstorbenen entlang des Ninety Mile Beachs bis zum Cap Reinga wandern. Dort wartet ein Geist auf die Seelen und überführt diese in das sagenumwobene Hawaiki. An diesem Cap treffen die türkise Tasman Sea und der blaue Pazifik aufeinander. Dies führte zu tollen Farbspielen, die wir vom Leuchtturm aus betrachten konnten. Auf einer kleinen Wanderung zum Strand der Tasman Sea, konnten wir noch die gewaltigen Wellen beobachten und noch etwas verweilen. Der Rückweg führte uns noch zu den Sanddünen von Te Paki. Die Sanddünen können hier eine Höhe von bis zu 150m Meter erreichen. Zu Fuß machten wir uns auf den Weg und erklommen die Ersten kleinen Dünen. Vor uns türmten sich nun ... read more
Tasman Sea
müder Bernd, Cape Reinga
Tasman Sea

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga June 3rd 2011

The weather wasn't in a cooperative mindset. Foul weather conditions were something we figured we'd encounter. In the Northland Region where we were stationed on this portion of the trip, we weren't afforded much in the way of indoor back up plans. Everyone we had spoken with asks if we had travelled up to Cape Reinga yet. It was a highly recommended destination, about 3 1/2 hours to the north. All the way north. It is the northern most point of New Zealand. We packed it up and headed out around 8:30AM. Our journey led us through ample farmland and parts of the Northland Forest Park. The livestock well outnumbered persons. In fact, we drove at one point for at least 20 minutes without seeing another car. The primary industries of New Zealand seem to be ... read more
Did we mention it was windy?
On the calmer side
Back up top

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga March 25th 2011

Pulled up well this morning but only gunna head to Kaitaia with is 50ks north. 20ks into it i ran in to an older couple heading south to wellinton they stared at the cape a few days ago. They were 70YO and retiard and were going really well and looked great. They opted to stay in backpacks But still had alot of gear at least 10kg. Once again i was off to Kaitaia. I stoped to check the bike over breaks wernt felling right, its at that point i forgot one of the most inportent spares. Break pads!!! I had blows throug me first pair already. All i could do is swap front to back and take it easy and hope theres a bike shop in Kaitaia. When i got there firt things i did was ... read more
Camp on the cape

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga March 11th 2011

Road Trip! Specifically, a day-long bus trip that would take me from Pahia, up to the far tip of the north island (Cape Reinga), then back along Ninety Mile beach (with some stops along the way). It was a full bus, and I was probably one of the older occupants, but that really wasn't a big deal. Aside from a couple of stops for food/bathrooms on the way up, we stopped at a forest reserve to take a short walk amongst the kaori. Kaori are native New Zealand trees. Very big trees with branches only at the very top (you may recognize them as the trees in the forest of Lothlorien from the Lord of the Rings). We only had about fifteen or twenty minutes there (I don't think I really needed much more than that) ... read more
Kauri Forest
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga

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

The Great Sights bus picked me up at 7:25 a.m., and I was off to Cape Reinga. To my surprise, the bus was completely full. I was very lucky in my seatmate, a petite Japanese woman who was very nice about the fact that I was taking up part of her seat. It meant that I had to hold the pizza bag on my lap, but that helped to brace my shoulder, which turned out to be a very good thing. Our driver was Maori, and he sang us a song of welcome as we began our trip. It was odd; occasionally, as when he sang and talked about Maori culture and legends, he was very interesting and well worth listening to, but in between the interesting bits there was a non-stop stream of annoying jokes. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga January 9th 2011

Hej igen, Jeg var naaet til Kaori-traerne, da nettiden udloeb. Traerne var imponerende. De stod temmelig stille. Der skal nok noget saerligt til at goere indtryk paa dem. Dessvaerre stoppede bussen kun meget kort, men jeg naaede lige et hurtigt smut vaek fra stien, for at opleve de store traer. Under og omkring dem vokser der bregner, palmer og andre traer. Vi var saa heldige, at vorea chauffoer var Maori. Det var rigtigt spaendende. Han havde boet i England, hvor han havde spillet rugby, men han vaernede ogsaa om sin egen kultur og fortalte gerne om den. Han fortalte, at der var 28 stammer tilbage op nordpaa. De sidste 15 km op til spidsen, var der ingen bebyggelse. Der var plantet en del fyrreskove. Jeg vidste godt, at Cape Reinga er maoriernes helligste sted, men et ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga December 1st 2010

We were up early the next morning and after a quick breakfast of granola and fresh garden strawberries we were off to Cape Reinga. (The very tippity-top of new Zealand!) This was another several hours in the car but great scenery and many short stops along the way made it a quick trip. We stopped to admire the ocean view from the far north-west’s “The 90 Mile Beach” (It’s actually only 55 miles long but that’s still pretty massive!) and I got to see my first real New Zealand traffic jam! A herd of hundreds of freshly sheered sheep scampering across the windy, narrow, hillside road (that was actually a state highway, by the way) as a farmer and three very enthusiastic and content looking sheep dogs fallowed closely behind. Cape Reinga seemed to appear out ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga August 2nd 2010

Hi all, finally hit New Zealand, added a map to show you how far travelled so far N.B did not stop at all the pin points! Had to put them on to follow the roads! Picked up my campervan after my 13 hour flight and waiting two hours until the depot opened! Got it for six weeks while I tour both Islands. Campervan is a six speed diesel turbo Transit with shower, toilet, 3 ring gas hob, hot water, fridge, toaster, kettle, large double bed or as table and benches plus utensils etc, proper little home from home on wheels! Headed out of Auckland after stopping for food shopping and buying myself a guitar, need the practice, from "Bungalow Bills" a nice geordie fella! He said when i leave he guaranteed a resale price if i ... read more
View en route
Inside the van
Traces of stuck in the mud!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga March 16th 2010

Llegamos a la punta mas norte de NZ, en un día muuuy ventoso, pero la vista es inapagable tampoco nos vamos a extender mucho, ya que hay videos!! ... read more
Cape Reigna
Cape Reigna
Cape Reigna

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