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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Mangawhai April 5th 2012

Hi guys, Well quite a few eventful days ive had, left fox glacier, had an epic 530 kms ride, landed in Nelson only to meet New Zealands answer to Basil Fawlty, first impressions what an arse, but then in the morning after a collosel ro, i held my hand out and said "My name is Sam, can we start again," left there with a different outlook. left nelson for the short trip to Picton, heading down the road, in the distance i see blue light flashing, yeap its me they want , for, well 117kmp thats 72mph, big deal yeah it is to them $120.00 fine, for 72 what the xxxx anyway that made it a close call for the ferry, but got there on time (or so i thought), queued for the ferry, (the wrong ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia April 1st 2012

Geo: -35.2821, 174.091After regaining my land legs after the harrowing SkyTower walk DH made me do, we left Auckland with the idea of visiting DH's cousin Ian and his charming wife, Margaret, and then heading further north to start our quest for the quintessential Kiwi experience- trying all of the common and weird Kiwi sports (new ones are invented on an almost monthly basis), viewing a professional rugby game (the NZ All-Blacks are the current world champs as evidenced by the copious numbers of T-Shirts bearing the slogan, "there's no crying in rugby....except in Australia"), and discovering that stereotypical field filled with sheep as far as the eye can see, to go along with the many rocks and trees DH is very keen to see. To satisfy the insatiable demand of her fan club, DH wrestles ... read more
Our Home For The Next Month
East Coast Scenery
Car Ferry Recovery

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland March 24th 2012

It has been quite some time since my last entry. My Dad and I have been staying with some friends of ours on their farm in the tiny town of Kaingaroa, about 15 minutes south of Kaitia. Upon our arrival we were taken in like family. Mac and Maureen are potters and old friends of ours who we stayed with on our last visit to New Zealand. They have a beautiful farm and I have spent much of my time in the kitchen with Maureen, learning her ways. We have picked fresh grapes and made grape juice, and by putting it directly in the freezer avoided adding any sugar. I made my very first fresh fig tart, all on my own, and it was delicious! At every meal we grab fresh fruits and vegetable from the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland March 10th 2012

Once back in Auckland we exchanged our bikes for a hire car so we could explore the Northlands, our plan for that afternoon was to get to Cape Reinga, the most northern point of New Zealand. It turned out that our map was not quite to scale and the trip took us the best part of 8 hours. At the cape the wind was gusting as we were right on the beach looking out to the Pacific Ocean, it was also totally dark and I still had to put the tent up, Nice one! The previous day’s efforts were rewarded with a clear morning the following day so we went over to the lighthouse at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the South Pacific. It’s unbelievable, right at that point where they meet there is ... read more
The Lighthouse
Last Night on The Road
Fi and Ci

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 » Kaitaia January 28th 2012

Now with the three little Citroen 2CV's neatly packed into a forty foot container, and one BMW moto that we are shipping for Lucas, all we have to do now is wait until it arrives in Valparaiso, Chile at the end of February. I am so glad the cars have gone, as now I can get on with other things around here that have been left behind while mucking around with the cars, as you do! Darbi Accessories have again been very good to us and have supplied all the Spectro oil that we will need over our 10,000 km expedition. Along with new oil filters and NGK Spark plugs, thanks again Terry, Steve and String for your support. Turtle Wax have also come to the party with lots of samples of their new Ice Synthetic ... read more
Last minute checks
Darbi Home Base
Tied tightly together

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 » Paihia January 18th 2012

Woke up early and headed to the wharf to catch a sailboat for the day. Sailed with Mike, the captain, and a family from OZ and another couple. Great day and beautiful weather!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia January 12th 2012

Couldn't resist quoting the late great Frank Sinatra! but here I am, the last leg, the last 10 days of my epic journey. So where do I spend it? Paihia! Lovely little town North of Auckland, not much going on but the same can be said for many of the towns I'v stayed in along my journey. The thing is, that's not what New Zealand is all about. I have loved every minute of my time here in New Zealand and Paihia was no different. Yes, the rain kind of put a dampener on things for the first few days but I don't suppose it would have mattered where I was, the rain tends to do that. In fact my welcome back from Australia was a little offputting to say the least. The rain never stopped ... read more
Paihia's quaint library
Sitting on top of the bay!
A walk in the forest

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

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