Te Paki

Te Paki mosaic From here you can see three major elements in the mosaic of Te Paki’s landscape – hills, dunes and wetlands. The hills are millions of years old, pushed up by movements in the earth’s crust. Grassland reveals their rugged underlying form. The sand dunes, by comparison, are young and shifty, kept on…

 

Taputaputa Bay

The bay that has an appettite for glasses. Last time we were here, Emsi lost his favorite (and only) pair of glasses in the smashing waves (and never saw them again). We then had to go straight to Auckland for contact lenses (which was kind of a stunt). Today the surf was calm and easy,…

 

Cape Reinga

After we have been to the South and East Cape we felt that the North was still missing (West lies somewhere in the wilderness of the South Island, not achievable by touristic feet or cars). Te Rerenga Wairua should be our northernmost point on the NZ map… from here it can only go back. One…

 

Whatuwhiwhi

Technically, it’s a little town along the Doubtless Bay with many holiday homes and little tourists. This post is just on a short evening walk, our daily motorcamp and Whatuwhiwhi (pronounced as “Fatufifi” and means “I’m in possession of a stone” which is very much true for us) :)

 

Karikari Moana

There are many bays on the Karikari Peninsula, but the land around them is mostly owned and the roads closed. So even the “4-metres at each beach is open to anybody”-rule doesn’t make it easier to get there. Only way: Go down where it’s OK and walk for hours (preferably at low tide). We didn’t…

 

Maitai Bay

A beach with a name of a carribean cocktail? That can’t be wrong :)  One of the most beautiful spots far north.

 

Paihia

The Bay of Islands is just what the name suggests: A big bay with many little, rugged islands that shade the coastal area from high waves or winds. It’s not only a good spot to do watersports but also dolphin watching, as they also seek shelter here from harsh conditions. We took a ship tour…

 

Kawakawa

A little town with nothing special to see … or is there? We thought it was very quiet. Until. That historic steam train came by at a horrific 5 km/h, right in the middle of the main street. And of course Kawakawa is the home of THE toilet – and a dozen other Hundertwasser imitators…

 

Waipu Cove Beach

Detour to Mangawhai Heads and Waipu – it’s said to be a white sand beach. Today it was brown, but lovely anyway.  

 

Sheepworld

Auckland was overwhelming. All the cars, houses, grey asphalt covered streets, people everywhere, a big range of sounds of different annoyment grades. Almost lost sight of what it means to be part of it. Leaving Auckland was a quick decision, maybe too quick … left our toilet bag in the hotel bathroom and didn’t notice…

 
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