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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga April 22nd 2016

R: So first, a little explanation. We were going to go to Fiji/Samoa/Tonga. We have not. This is for 3 main reasons. 1) Most importantly, we love New Zealand and we feel like 5 weeks was rushing it and we're happy to stay on. 2) It is NZ school holidays this week which makes all the islands more expensive and out of our price range with the exception of Fiji. 3) Cyclone Winston ripped through Fiji recently damaging infrastructure and we were told we could go to resorts, but most likely nothing else will be open yet. So we happily decided to stay on here. So we flew back to Auckland from Dunedin on a cheeky Air New Zealand flight and landed in an Airbnb in a 8th floor city central apartment, with a new host, ... read more
The drunken oyster
Back to the Bay of Islands
Marlin fishing in Russell

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Kaitaia April 8th 2016

On my way to Kaitaia today to visit the 90 mile beach and parts north to the tip of the North Island - Cape Reinga. On my way I dropped by Kerikeri to see a few sights. One of them was the Stone Store, open for business since 1836 and it is New Zealand's oldest stone building and the oldest store. You can buy the Jews harp or the pen quill and many things in between. An interesting visit. Situated nearby was the Kerikeri Riverside Walk and access to two waterfalls - Rainbow Falls and Wharepuke Falls. The latter could be reached by a gentle, 20 minute hike, one way. For the other you could basically drive and needed to hike only if you wanted to see the base of the falls as well. Following the ... read more
The start of the Kerikeri Riverside Trail
Kerikeri Riverside walk

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Opononi January 2nd 2016

Saturday January 2 - Today we had rain again. We drove south to make our way towards Auckland. At Kohukohu we had to take a short ferry ride to Rawene. We stopped in Opononi at an info site to book a campsite for the night and then drove to the Waipoua Kauri forest, where some of the oldest (1200-2000 years old) and largest remaining Kauri trees live. We walked around there and were amazed by the trees - if only the pictures could do them justice. We stopped at Dargaville, the largest producer of kumara (sweet potatoes) in New Zealand. We had fish and chips at a shop there, where the chips were special for being sweet potato chips (fries) with sour cream. Yum and yum. The holiday park in Matakohe was very quiet, with no ... read more
Campsite at Ahipara
I kept slipping on this
Ahipara campsite

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga January 1st 2016

Friday January 1 - Today we continued our journey north, stopping in Cooper's Beach in Doubtless Bay along the way. The weather was not very good - a lot of wind and rain. The van kept blowing to the side and Jeroen had to make constant corrections. We stopped at a store that sold wooden objects made from Kauri trees that died and were buried in the swamp 45,000 years ago. Pretty amazing. The Kauri (cow-ry) tree is the largest and most famous tree from New Zealand. They are enormous but there are so few of them left now. Inside the shop they had a staircase that was built through an old kauri tree that is priced at $2.5 million! From there we continued up to Cape Reinga, the northernmost point of New Zealand, where the ... read more
Ancient kauri tree staircase
Ancient kauri tree staircase
Dramatic weather in Cape Reinga

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland December 12th 2015

Ah the freedom of the road..... We collected our (motor)home away from home on Thursday, and it's pretty great! As in HUGE. As in I feel like a bloody trucker driving around in it. When we stop somewhere we usually get a few raised eyebrows when people see a chick getting out of the drivers seat. But it's soooo much fun!! First things first: We spent about 2 hours at the Wilderness office, going through paperwork and instruction videos and the lot. Then the big moment finally arrived: I had to get behind the wheel and take off. Preferably on the left side of the road. Luckily there weren't any onlookers at that exact moment, which gave me the peace and quiet to just get in and go. The rental place was at the airport, which ... read more
Whangarei Falls
Moari carvings
Photo bomb!!!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland October 6th 2015

After leaving Uretiti we made our way down the coast to Mangawhai. Stopping at both Waipu Cove and Langs Beach on the way. We are definitely starting to get into the more populated areas, so It’s pretty hard to get a picture on the beach without people in it! My pick out of these 2 beaches would have to be Waipu Cove. Has a lovely a sheltered area at the Northern end where kids can play on the rocks and in the stream. It’s a very pretty area. We have been in Mangawhai for the last few days catching up with friends and enjoying this stunning area. I wouldn’t perhaps want to holiday here in the peak of summer as I could imagine it would be absolute bedlam. There are 3 must do’s here: ... read more
View Mangawhai Lookout (2)
Rocky Shoreline - Mangawhai Coastal Walk
Mangawhai Coastal Track (3)

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland October 2nd 2015

What a farewell gift from Mangenese Pt this morning. Orcas in the harbour and I finally got a picture of a Rosella. Not a perfect shot but these birds seem very camera shy. Off to the Whangarei Basin. The sun is shining and there are hordes of families out enjoying the beautiful weather down at the waterfront. There is a nice loop track around the basin which is well worth the wander. Sculptures dotted along the way, with information boards to bring you more insight to the meaning of the sculptures and area.. They have also created and outside gym with equipment. Can’t really see myself doing squats in front of everyone walking past but the kids would have a blast I'm sure. You also get to walk over the Te Matau a Pohe bridge. The ... read more
Eastern Rosella (1)
View to Marsden Point - One Tree Point
Marsden Point Model - Marsden Point Refinery Visitors Centre

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland September 28th 2015

Not a breath of wind this morning, the sea was like a mirror at Manganese Pt. The sun was shining down on us as we perched ourselves on the seat on the hill drinking our morning cuppa. (Thinking of the poor buggers heading off to work). What a view to wake up to. A couple of chores on our list before we can explore around Manganese Pt. We desperately needed to clean the roof hatches on the motorhome. It is a mission unbolting everything and squeezing Lance out the roof hatch. Thought I was going to have to butter him up to get him out:). One hatch done another 2 to go……….will put it on the list to do and when time permits. The cloud rolled in this afternoon with light rain, but we still headed ... read more
Rock Pool (1) - Manganese Pt
Boat heading home - Manganese Pt
Jetty - Manganese Pt

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland September 27th 2015

I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?...........I wanna know have you ever seen the rain Comin’ down on a sunny day?.......We have:). Off to South Pataua today. Parked up near the footbridge that takes you across to North Pataua (If you want to drive there by road it’s about 52 kms). The weather was not that inviting but we chucked our jackets on and followed the estuary up to the Pataua Island Scenic Reserve. From here you can walk through to a pretty little deserted ocean beach. Day # 110 Awoke to blue skies………...yippee. So, on our bikes we crossed the Pataua Footbridge to North Pataua. The ocean beach on this side is about 2.4kms long and at the Southern end is where the Pataua estuary runs out to sea. A fair bit of ... read more
Pataua North Beach and estuary entrance
Breakfast time - Pataua South
Ocean Beach - Pataua Island Reserve - Pataua South

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga September 26th 2015

Hallo ihr Lieben, die letzten Tage oder besser gesagt Wochen vergingen wie im Flug. In Paihia haben wir uns für 2 Wochen einen Platz zum Wwoofen gesucht. Für 2 Stunden Arbeit am Tag konnten wir kostenlos im wunderschönen Hostel ,,Bay Adventurer" wohnen. Wir haben uns ziemlich schnell in Paihia und unser Hostel verliebt. Wir haben während der zwei Wochen super viele neue und vor allem nette Leute kennengelernt mit denen wir viel unternommen haben und sehr viel Spaß hatten. Mit Tabea und Eileen ( eigentlich auch Tabea ) haben wir sowohl zusammen gearbeitet, als auch ein Zimmer geteilt. Wir wurden schnell unzertrennlich und haben jeden Tag etwas zusammen unternommen. Außerdem haben wir noch 3 Amerikanische Jungs kennengelernt mit denen wir uns sehr gut verstanden haben. Wir haben eine Menge neue Kartenspiele gelernt und teilweise wirklich 5 ... read more

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