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Oct 29, 2017 - Northern tip of New zealand

Another early start, and a very full day. Today was a layover day in the Bay of Islands. We chose to sign on for an all day tour up to Cape Reinga, the northernmost point of New Zealand...we’ll almost because of the way New Zealand is angled the true north point is just to the east one Cape. Didn’t matter, we were as far north as we were getting! The tour bus picked us up at our hotel and then stopped several other times to pick up a full bus load. With a jammed packed agenda we seemed to just keep driving. We made a toilet and tea stop in...

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Mar 10, 2016 - Day 7 Pukenui to Cape Reinga to Kaitaia

End of our first week in New Zealand. It has been amazing so far. Travelled from Pukenui to Cape Reinga and than back down to Kaitaia for the night. On the way to the cape stopped in at Henderson Bay, Rarawa Becah and Spirits Bay, all on the advice of our neighbour Dan from the previous night. The beaches are pristine, the waters sparking blue and cool, but not cold. The drive to the cape was picturesque and windy, but so fascinating. Couldn't get over the wild turkeys roaming as they like in the paddocks. Apparently you can shoot them and...

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Dec 29, 2015 - Cape Reinga and Toka Toka

It was a three hour drive north from Pakaraka to Cape Reinga on Highway 1. Mostly through rolling countryside, but a couple climbs up & over small 'mountain' ranges. The site, especially Kahika, is very special to the Maori. It is from this northern most point in New Zealand, and specifically the Kahika (tree), that Maori return to their 'homeland' after death. The Kahika is a 'Christmas' tree, Pohutukawa, and this individual tree has never been known to flower. The views from Cape Reinga are majestic, and the meeting of the Tasman Sea and...

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Jan 5, 2015 - Journey to the Northernmost tip of New Zealand

After touching down in Auckland, we immediately drove our "El Cheapo" Jucy rental car north. We stayed with Ken and Jen, a couple who live "off the grid," using solar panels to supply power and hot water, a composting toilet, and raising a lot of their food themselves. A former barrista, Ken was a wealth of information and we followed up on most of his advice in exploring the area. Always suckers for the "mosts", we headed to the northernmost tip of New Zealand, Cape Reinga, taking in an endless array of beautiful coastline and mountainous...

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Feb 1, 2012 - Northland

A bit out the way but a popular tourist site. The Maori believe that the spirits of the dead depart from here to Hawaiki. Has a lighthouse and a cool sign telling you distances to other cities http://www.newzealand.com/uk/cape-reinga/ On the way back down, stop at Te Paki sand dunes and hire a board from the van at the bottom of the dunes to sand surf!!! It is sooo much fun!

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Jan 15, 2012 - Top of North Island

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...

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Nov 30, 2011 - to the top

Hi everyone Well we got to the top of the North Island. Got a coach trip as rental cars not allowed to be driven on 90 mile beach. Was great trip and learnt lots that we would not otherwise have known. The day started really warm and sunny, but it got cloudy and was very windy, especially at the top. Walked to the lighthouse and took lots of photos. Will send one of the Tasmin sea meeting the Pacific next time. Then we picked up the car and drove down to Kerikeri. We are now in a lovely motel with a swimming pool and hot tub, wish the...

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Nov 12, 2011 - Up North (New Zealand Style)

November 10, 2011 The shuttle picked us up right on time (6:40AM) from George’s Hotel 59 in Sydney & we got to the airport 45 minutes later. The check-in line was long, and the check-in & security process was much more rigorous than our internal Oz flights. There’d been a tube of sunscreen in the bottom of my backpack for 4 weeks and, well, it isn’t there any more. The flight was ½ hour late leaving (no reason given), and was quite bumpy. However, Air New Zealand made up for it with an excellent meal, and their entertainment system made the...

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Nov 4, 2011 - wow!

joined kiwi experience and travelled up to the bay of islands. Today we went to cape reinga, a maori spiritual and the most northerly point of the north island, Tasman and pacific ocean meeting. We drove along ninety mile beach ( highway on the beach!) sand boarded on the dunes and ate fish and chips : ) scenery is simply stunning, so rich and lush, bit tropical too, mountainous. Will try and upload pics soon. Tomorrow back to auckland and then heading south, for the whole kit and caboodle !

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Apr 12, 2011 - Ninety Mile Beach & Cape Reinga

This was a great trip, the hotel staff tried to discourage us from doing it ourselves. They strongly advised going on the bus tour instead. Rental cars are not allowed on the beach but we had our trusty Land Cruiser thanks to Denise and Murray. We are way to independent to take the bus and are really glad we didn't! We arrived just after low tide. Followed a bus onto the beach and stopped alongside for pictures. We visited with the driver for a bit and he took our picture for us. "Just follow my tracks!", he said. The beach was the best...

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Nov 21, 2010 - Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach

Today was an awesome, fun day!! Adrienne and I signed up with a day tour to the northern most tip of the north island of New Zealand, Cape Reinga. On the way up, we stopped in a cafe with a great view for tea...they are English, you know..And then to a BBQ with a grass feed beef steak, etc...yummy..that's the only kind of beef...imagine that!! Then to the lighthouse with all its myth and stories at the point where the Sea of Tasman and the Pacific Ocean converge..the waters are 2 different colors, green and blue...beautiful and turbulent!!...

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Aug 3, 2010 - Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga

I travelled up to Paihia yesterday and spent the afternoon watching videos as the weather was awful. Today however we went on a coach trip up to Cape Reinga and 90 mile beach (which is actually only 50 miles long!) The coach drove along the beach and up a stream where we could all go sandboarding on body boards down the dunes. We also go to see the point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet as well as a sign post to London! Most of the day, however, was spent sitting on the coach and looking at the rain! Last day in NZ tomorrow.....

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