|We’re now almost at the top end of the north island, and will make it up to Cape Reinga later on today. The weather has certainly taken a turn for the better, and there are pink shoulders to show for it!
We walked through the kauri forest a couple of days ago and admired the majestic trees, up to 2,000 years old. There is a lot of emphasis on biosecurity here, and we had to disinfect our boots before and after the walk to avoid spreading diseases. There were lots of signs telling us about the kiwi living in the forest, but they weren’t putting in an appearance in day time.
We’ve spent two nights at Okopako Lodge, which is certainly the most beautiful camping spot to date. It’s a farm high in the mountains above Hokianga Harbour, with panoramic views of harbour and hills. We went on a fantastic five and a half hour walk in the mountains behind the farm yesterday. The path through dense forest was very muddy in places from unseasonably heavy rainfall, and we crossed several streams and waterfalls. The spectacular views were well worth the effort.
Today we’ve taken things a bit easier, but have still managed a lovely swim in the Tasman Sea. It’s not exactly tropical temperature, but it beats Seaford Beach in August!