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Nov 22, 2006 - Cape Reinga

Said goodbye to Gemma, and headed up to Cape Reinga for an exhausting tour! Our driver, Spike, is perhaps the most hyper, knowledgeable driver yet, he doesn't ever stop talking! Cape Reinga is just stunning, a real highlight, mainly because it's a beach and I can see the sea! Sandboarding was cool too, poor little legs didn't like the climb to the top much though! 1st time down I made it to near the bottom but did the classic 'don't do', which is to put your hands out when you start sliding off the board! No damage done though. Girl broke...

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Oct 27, 2005 - The far north

Hi again! New Zealand ROCKS! (Have I said that before?) But it really does. Now that I finally left Auckland behind to explore the other treats of the North Island, I see that it was not a moment too soon. Tuesday morning, quite early, I jumped on a Kiwi Experience bus and headed up north to Paihia. The trip was fast and very beautiful, with a very talkative driver.. (They never shut up!) Paihia is a small but cosy town in the Bay of Islands, which consists of about 144 islands of various size. The area is, in summer, a lot like Fiji and...

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Apr 16, 2005 - Hamilton, Cape Reinga... Bay of islands

Un petit passage a Hamilton pour voir le festival des mongolfieres...un petit cote fete a neuneu nais tres beau quand meme! Parce qu apres avoir ete au point le plus au sud de la NZ, on a voulu aller au point le plus au nord, nous voila a Cap Reinga. C est vraiment le bout du monde. On en a profiter pour faire du sandboard sur les dunes de sables. Dommage que vous n ayez que les photos et pas les films parce qu avec le son ca vaut vraiment le coup... surtt pour Virgi! Et avant de partir pour Auckland, petite croisiere sur un bateau pour...

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Jan 25, 2005 - Northern Tip

Once crossing the Hokianga harbour the next planned stop was Kaitaia. Kaitaia is the main town servicing the far north. Compared to Dargaville this was a veritable metropolis! The town was thriving and had loads of shops with people everywhere - this was much more like a town should be rather than what we had seen so far. We liked it here and decided we would stay for a night. After wandering around the town we headed over to Ahipara just outside of the town (the beach at the southern most tip of Ninety Mile beach), we drove round the...

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Oct 12, 2004 - Cape Reginha - The end of NZ!

Now Milly is pretty small, but we had a good nights kip and it was great waking up to thge sound of waves crashing onto the beach. So, after a bit of brekkie, we hit the road again and headed up to the cape, the very northern tip of NZ. As we got further and further north, the roads became more and more twisty, and the scenery was stunning. About half way we passed through Kaupi forest along the west coast, and stopped off to see NZ's biggest tree!! Apparently, it's been around for 2,000 years, and it's bloody massive!! BAck on the road...

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Aug 28, 2003 - Northland - Beaches & Stream

Our big coach tour of the north today. Not being a big fan of coach tours I was a little sceptical but tried to keep an open mind. We hopped on the Fuller's coach at around 7.15 am and we head off north in the company of our guide and driver, Alex (another Scot who, it turns out, also escaped depressed 1970s Glasgow and made a new life here). We drove through what I suppose is more typical New Zealand landscapes - rolling green hills littered with sheep. The early morning light made dramatic shadows and long thin clouds wrapped themselves...

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