--- Gareth and Helen travelled the world! --- travel blog

Cute duck at the campsite!

Awww Bless!!

Helen recovering after Gareth's driving over mountain passes!! Check out the Woolworths...

Check out the water bus! It's a bus... but then it goes...

The Bay of Islands from Paihia

The beach at Paihia, Bay of Islands.

One of the huge forests in Northland

The bus at the top of another forest soaked mountain pass. You...

The wild horses at 90 mile beach, on the way to Cape...

Gareth at 90 mile beach and it's huuuuuuuuge!

Helen soaks up the vastness of 90 mile beach...

The view to the left...

The view to the right

You've heard us whinge about them - here it is in the...

The vastness of New Zealand is unimaginable. This is the 10 km...

Heading north on a dirt track. Not far to go to New...

10km to go to the top of NZ! Is that a house!??

The local council very kindly place posts at the side of the...

Could we now be in Oxforshire? So much of NZ rips off...

And on the other side of the road... Scotland?

And then in the distance... desert?? It's too much for us Cornish...

4 km to go - the beautiful scenery continues.

The desert that we spotted earlier. Is it a beach? We can...

Our first view of the Pacific Ocean (from New Zealand), as we...

The same view showing the full valley.

1km to Cape Rienga. The full vastness of that 'beach' is revealed.

We've arrived! Gareth relaxing after a 21km dirt track drive in a...

Just about to head off to the lighthouse - Gareth spots a...

The lighthouse at Cape Rienga - where the Pacific Ocean meets the...

This torment is caused by the Pacific and the Tasman Sea's waves...

um. Ticket to London please! 10499 miles. Nice.

Gareth, loving the "other side of the world" feeling that he's getting....

Hello from lands E.. I mean CAPE RIENGA!!

2066 miles south of the Equator :O! 5000 miles since we left...


Hi guys!

How's it going?

Well... hello once again from the very busy and exciting world of Gareth and Helen! And what a big world it is this week! Greetings from Cape Rienga - The end of the world, as far as New Zealand is concerned! You could say that it's New Zealand's version of Land's End, but way before De Savery Developed it into to the current mess that it is! Cape Rienga is just as exposed, just as windy, but is so much more untouched. That's due to the fact that it's on Maouri holy land. It's said to be the place that guides dead souls into the spirit world. We don't know about all that, but what we do know is that we had to take a 1/2 tonne transit van down a 21km gravel track to get there. Crazy... but there you go. Note the photo of us standing next to the sign that says "London 21000 miles". Very humbling for us. Kind of a strange wakeup call. We're now very, very far away from you all!

To get to the cape, Gareth drove right across the northern part of NZ (Northland), from Paihia (Bay of Islands) and onwards up highway 1 right to the end of the country. We found the last powered site in the country about 16 miles south of Cape Rienga, a bargain at only $NZ19 altogether! Gareth whipped up a great pasta bolognese too that night on the camper stove! Helen says it's from watching Ray all those years! No doubt there's some influence from Helen's brother Martin too!

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