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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga February 20th 2009

The first experience on NZ soil was an unmitigated disaster. What started out as a leisurely mid-morning flight from Sydney to Auckland was delayed beyond all comprehension and eventually landed at about 10.00 pm in the driving rain in Auckland. We’d experienced a mere 3 brief showers in the three months in Australia, so the cold and wet didn’t brighten the mood. The situation was compounded by our failure to book a hostel. We’d decided to wing it, given our anticipated earlier arrival and the first couple of phone calls proved the magnitude of the mistake. The general story was no room at the inn except for the odd dorm bed, even in the factory hostels in the city centre. We spent our first night on NZ soil in what can only be described as the ... read more
Cape Reinga
90 Mile Beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga January 24th 2009

The Moto Adventurers have loaded their motos into the container that is heading for the port of Valparaiso, Chile, and is expected there during the first week of March, with the adventurers flying in on Monday 9th March to begin their 2009 High Andes Adventure. The route will be similar to last year, but of course there will be different dynamics. We have a smaller group than last year, with a couple of riders dropping out for various reasons, so we will be 9 in total. We have Leo Harris, from Christchurch, who will be riding a Kawasaki 650 KLR. You may recall that Leo was booked in for last year, but unfortunately fell off a log splitter and broke his back, well he is back in the saddle and ready to go !! We have ... read more
David Ready to Ride

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga January 23rd 2009

Cape Reinga 26th November 2008 We drove up (on the road rather than 90 mile beach, as Erica wasn't really up to that), but the journey was pretty awful. Much of the road is unsealed to Cape Reinga, but this is all changing and it is being sealed - unfortunately for us, we hit all the road works. It's pretty different to the way we would do it in the UK - we would cone off one half of the road at a time, allowing traffic on the side not being worked on - notout here! No such safety nonsense - let's work on the road and make the traffic dodge around us and through the bits we are digging up - YEAH! Great fun - I don't think! Poor Erica - talk about shake rattle ... read more
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga December 29th 2008

Hola!!! As much as I was dreading Christmas as I thought id be in the way a bit at Esthers family and thought id be homesick, it was actually really nice and we had a really good time together! Esthers dad picked Steve, Esther, Esthers sister Ria and me up on the morning of the 23rd - the drive took about 4 hours and was really lovely as the scenery was really pretty but unfortunately it started pouring after an hour or so and we couldn’t see anything anymore! Esthers parents live up north in Mangonui, near Doubtless bay and the Bay of Islands! The first day there was a bit weird as I didn’t really know anyone but by the next day I felt at home! Esthers cousin was there with her husband and their ... read more
Beach on xmas day!
Esther and I on xmas day!
Waiting for boat!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga December 12th 2008

tues - another hell early start today (6.20am) to get the bus up to Cape Reinga, well worth that time though!!! again, loads of stops on the way up, stopped in Mangonui on a Maori Pah to look out over Doubtless Bay. then on up to Kauri Kingdom to a gumdiggers park where they used to dig up 45000yr old kauri roots for the gum to sell. was amazing, there were 2 whole forests of huge kauri buried there, the first was buried from an iceage, the 2nd they think was from a huge tsunami. this was also the place where the name gum boots originated. when the diggers first came they wore leather boots called wellingtons (our wellies) then when plastic wa sinvented they called them gum boots because the plastic boot (which we know ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga November 17th 2008

Wednesday 29th October We had breakfast delivered and at 9.00 am we were picked up by Robin Collins of Harrisons for our trip to Cape Reinga. At Awanui, (Big River) once an ancient sea bed we had a quick look at the huge kauri logs and stumps which have been extracted from local swamps and are thousands of years old. All around this area was flat, peat soil country of swamp kauri trees and logs. The climate is good for the pine trees. They grow quickly to reach the canopy and prune themselves as they expand. Once this area was all underwater and now sand dunes. Avocados, sweet corn, watermelons and rockmelons are grown here. Also, lots of dairy farms, wild pigs and horses, ducks and wild turkeys. At Houhora Heads (Wagener Park) we had a ... read more
up to Cape 3
up to Cape 4
up to Cape 5

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga October 3rd 2008

Ross: After picking up the van on 1st October, we decided to take it for a three-day, 1200km test drive north of Auckland, an area of the North Island surprisingly known as Northland. After a quick stop at a mall in Milford to replace the aforementioned stolen sunglasses and a second stop in Whangarei for groceries (from Woolworths!), we arrived in Paihia in the Bay of Islands about 5 hours later. After cruising around the town, neighbouring bays, past Haruru falls, the local golf course and Waitangi Treaty Grounds in search of an illegal camping spot we ended up coughing up $8 to park in the local pay & display for 24 hours, along with another five or six vans. A tasty beef madras cooked over the van's stove helped keep us warm during the night... ... read more
Beef curry
Dolphin trip
All aboard!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga May 28th 2008

We officially made it to the most Northern part of New Zealand when we reached the lighthouse at Cape Reinga. This is the point where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean and the waves form a cross pattern upon the beach. Here would be a storm-watcher's delight as waves can reach over 8 meters in height. Heading South was bittersweet as it meant we were on the last legs of our journey. We traveled down the West side of the Northland from Cape Reinga to Kaitaia, down to Rangiora where we caught a ferry to Rowene, and further to Omapere where we spent the night. Over the water were huge sand dunes where you can rent a surf board or toboggan to sand surf down the large hills into the water. We opted out of ... read more
South of Cape Reinga
Tasman Meet Pacific
More of the Lighthouse

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga April 29th 2008

After having been home for a couple of weeks, how could we just settle back into how we were before we went on this great adventure, many of the adventurers have come back with a different perspective on their lives, and in many ways have changed their outlook on why they are here ?, one thing is for sure they all agree they would rather be 'out there doing it' than sitting at home on the sofa reading this blog ! Sorry if you got a false e-mail yesterday, but here is the latest blog, with thanks to Keith and String. I am happy to see Ali from MYTB have fixed the photo down loads, so here is a selection of the 3,400 or so that are on my computer... Here are two motorcycle industry reports, ... read more
Oasis in Bolivia
Bolivia Majic

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga March 16th 2008

After leaving The Pickled Parrot and Bay of Islands behind, we headed for Cape Reinga, which is at the top of the North Island. We decided to take a tour from Kaitia, instead of taking Rocky as many cars get swept away in the tides. The bus picked us up in the morning and we went along 90 Mile beach - which is a highway. We could see the Hole in The Rock in the distance, and hundreds of fisherman scattered along the 90 miles, who have entered into a fishing content for Red Snapper. We stopped at some sand dunes, and were given a toboggan. It took us ages to climb up the thing, and then just seconds diving down the big dunes. Loads of fun, even though I was left digging sand out of ... read more
Cape Reinga Lighthouse
Cape Reinga

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