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Apr 5, 2005 - Bay of Islands & Cape Reinga

Hi All, Not got much to say about these places except they are very beautiful. Hired a car with a girl called Donna and drove up to Paiha in the Bay of Islands and went dolphin watching. Was very cool and apparently the dirty sods were in the middle of some foreplay!! Then went up to the Cape....the very northern point of NZ. Saw the Tasmanian Sea hit the Ocean, very weird...overlapping waves. Didn't do much except take it easy and enjoy fish n chips for the first time in ages. Took a strole over some pretty big sand dunes onto a part of...

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Mar 13, 2005 - Top of the (NZ) world

More early starts today (this is definitely the biggest drawback of travel by bus vs travel by car) as we were picked up by the Dune Rider tour at 7 this morning for the trip up to Cape Reinga. Not quite what I was expecting, in that it wasn't run by Stray and most of my fellow tourists seemed to be geriatric Germans rather than 20-something backpackers. The driver/guide was highly entertaining though, with a good mixture of history, botany and anecdotes - my favourite being the guy who decided to move his pub from one side of the country...

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Down Under Tour '04

Jan 26, 2005 - Cape Reinga

A 7am start to the day does not feel like it is getting any easier, but that was when the tour bus picked me up from the hostel. Once all the tourers has been picked up David, our driver/guide, gave us a brief run-down on what we'd be doing today. Firstly, the trip is going to take between 11 and 12 hours. What!? We're going to be on the road for 11 or 12 hours? Where are we going? NZ isn't that big! Okay, so we're going to see the Kauri forest in which a board-walk that was constructed for the Queen's visit several years back, stop for...

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Where's Phil?

Jan 5, 2005 - Travelling to the north!

Today was an amazing day! First of all, what really has brightened my day, and my trip, has been speaking with people from all around the world - it's very interesting! I feel as if I'm travelling to more places than just New Zealand! I've talked to people from Australia, the U.K., Japan, and people from all over Europe! Very cool! I did meet some girls from Canada (Toronto), but unfortunately they seemed rather snobby! Ick! Anytime I spoke to them, they ended up making me feel stupid! Ick! I was hoping to get to the very northern tip of...

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Oct 22, 2004 - Cape Reinga

Kia Ora! Well, I was up at crack of bird fart this morning, and I was out of the hostel and waiting for the bus to pick me up by 7.05am! (before you ask, yes, it did kill me to do that!!) Anyway, after picking everyone else up, we were on our way. There was quite a lot of driving to be done today, and it was pretty tiring. We had quite a few stops along the way, including the ancient Kauri tree store, which was a shop and a cafe in one. (also known as an oasis!) The shop was pretty interesting, cos they had loads of furniture and ornaments...

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Oct 15, 2004 - Cape Rienga - the end of the world

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...

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Sep 20, 2004 - At the Top!

Here we are at the top end of the Country. Unfortunately not a day for good views at Cape Reinga - as you can see from the photos! It was an interestin journey along the 90-mile beach 'road', my first time ever seein 'normal' vehicles on a beach. We hired some more traditional beach vehicles (Quads) an had fun on the Sand dunes. Some HUGE sand dunes!

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Apr 16, 2004 - Cape Reinga and 90 mile beach.

We drove to Manganui for an organised trip to the top of New Zealand. We couldn't drive this ourselves as much of the best route to take involves driving along 50 miles of beach and quicksand. The car isn't insured for this, and we didn't want to risk it (not after seeing photos of the tops of cars poking out from the sand!) The tour first stopped at a gumdiggers site before continuing up the east coast of the Northland. We could occasionally see glimpses through the pine forest, of the huge sand dunes on the other side of the spit. Once at...

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