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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 February 20th 2011

Since my bus to Paihia didn't leave until mid-afternoon, I spent the day with Kevan and his family. I'll be looking forward to spending my last three days here with them. Kevan lent me a digital camera (in case I can't recharge my own) and even provided some Super Glue to fix my walking stick -- a great relief, as it had been coming apart every two minutes or so since its unscheduled dip in the Pacific. My bus to Paihia was an express with no rest stops, and I fretted over that. Fortunately, so many people got off at Whangarei, three hours into the trip, that the rest of us were allowed to get off and use the restroom. I think I could have made it, but it was a definite relief to stop. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Kaitaia January 28th 2011

The Container with 7 motos is on it's way to Valparaiso, for our our next South American Moto Adventure. This year will be a little different, especially for me, as I will be driving the Chase Truck, so I will have to re adjust my thinking and have some patience when it comes to the traffic and not having the freedom of the moto!!. The other big challenge for me is the fact that Gerardo is not able to be with us on this adventure, due to work and personal pressure. He may be able to join us in the beginning for a few days and also at the end, but we will have to see what unfolds here. To help with day to day logistics, we will have String riding the blue lowered KLR that ... read more
Diane and Robin

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland January 23rd 2011

Pour atteindre la partie nord du pays, à savoir le Northland et tout en haut, le Far North (correspondant au long bras de terre fin finissant par le cap nord), nous avons dû faire un choix difficile : comment se déplacer ?? En bus ? En voiture ? En hélico ?? Ayant laissé notre hélicoptère privé et son chauffeur en terre helvétique et se rendant compte que les billets de bus n’étaient pas si bon marché que pensé, notre choix s’est donc tourné vers la location de voiture, plus économique et plus pratique évidemment. Nous avons donc opté pour la plus basse des catégories mais par un pur hasard, nous avons écopé d’une automobile de catégorie supérieure. Nous voici donc au volant d’une Nissan Sunny grise, de l’an 2000, boîte à vitesse automatique. « Mouais », ... read more
Paihia Beach
Bay of Islands, en plein océan
Bay of Islands, une des 144 îles

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland January 16th 2011

Der erste Eindruck von Neuseeland ... der Flughafen ist wunderschoen. (Insofern man soetwas von einem Flughafen sagen kann! (: ) Zweiter Eindruck ... die Leute sind sehr hilfsbereit. Es ist nicht immer gleich so einfach sich in einer Grossstadt zurechtzufinden. Erster Tipp von einem Neuseelaender (OK ein eingewandeter Franzose): "Auckland is just a big city. Look that you will come out!" Nach 3 Tagen Auckland, in denen wir auf der Suche nach einer Reisemoeglichkeit waren und somit viel Zeit im Internet verbracht hatten, ging unsere Reise schon los. Ab in den Norden ...... read more
... und im Park neban ...
Whangarei Falls

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 December 20th 2010

Saturday we headed up to Ninety Mile Beach - a registered highway suitable for rugged vehicles. We probably should of listened to that last bit as Jamies poor car got stuck in soft sand after only a few metres! We did have a stroll & a paddle on the beach first though. We stuck to the roads after that & headed up to Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean & the spirits of the dead depart from this world to the next. We arrived in thick fog but luckily it was a bit clearer out by the lighthouse at the tip. After the compulory photos by the signpost we headed back down & round to Spirits Bay, or rather the far end of Spirits Bay which starts just along from the Cape. ... read more
Cape Reinga lighthouse
Cape Reinga

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 November 14th 2010

A fresh morning, clear blue sky, and sleep repaired muscles. Time for a quick dip in the ocean, and then back to the pain train. Benjamin "bailer" wanted to find a truck going up so we could have them drop us at the top. I wasn't hearing any of that cheater talk. Anyway, nothing like wearing yourself out in the first 20 minutes of a 65 km ride. The Matauri Bay hill is nasty, but the views from the top are stunning. As we rode out to highway 10 we left the quiet country roads behind us again. It was back to the irritating noise of the main road, and some inconsiderate drivers. I was relishing the thought of reaching Waipapa for some food in civilisation as my last two meals had been marmite on toast. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland November 13th 2010

Son of a beach, bloody hill - We left late at 11am. The damn lodge was just too comfortable. At least the sun was out. It was a pretty uneventful ride. The only bizzare event was seeing a man sleeping in a paddock next to a fence. His dog was tied up so I figured he probably was okay. But I turned around to see if that was the case anyway. He jumped up out of the grass rather quickly. Perhaps he was supposed to be working. For the remainder of the 30 km back along the same road to the Kaeo turnoff I was entertained by Ben once again making baa sounds at the sheep, then imitating what they were saying back to him. He also noted the vast amount of cows, which seemingly inspired ... read more

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