I dropped Sumit and Dave off at the bus near the Bay of Islands, and headed still further north to cape Reinga. It was a wonderful drive (as all drives in New Zealand have been so far) and I made several stops along the way.
The first was at Matai Beach, an isolated reserve way out on the coast. I have started getting into the habit of just turning down roads and driving to the end. It's paid off so far in spades!
From there I continued on to the cape and out to Waipapakauri Beach. Tihs is the start of 90 mile Beach which runs up the entire west coast of the peninisula. It's hard packed sand and you can drive the whole length easily in a 4x4, and even a 2 wheel drive, but there have been tales of the tide coming in on stuck cars and washing them away.
On my way back to the main highway, I stopped off at the 90 Mile Beach Surfcasters Club. It was the end of the day and they were announcing the winners of their red Snapper competition. I grabbed a beer and a sausage and soaked in a little local color.
From their I headed up to Pukenui to a Fram stay Backpackers. I had decided to stay there rather than camp because I was hoping to meet up with some other travelers. Wouldn't you know I had the place to myself! The owner met me and showed me where everything was, and then I didn't see him again. Still it was nice to basically have my own house for $10 a night.