Mussels and Millions of Miles
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Where I stayed
Te Paki Recreation Reserve – The Northern most camp site in New Zealand
We arrived at The Bay Of Islands and found a nice town with a buzzing harbour but in the end we opted not to get on one of the tour boats where you can do almost anything water related, game fishing, diving, cruising etc as they were a bit too pricey and we weren’t quite sure what we would do there or do with the van in the mean time
Our next stop was Waitangi the birthplace of New Zealand and the place where the original Waitangi Treaty was signed between the Maori Chiefs and the British Crown bringing New Zealand under British Sovereignty. We tried the cheeky approach claiming to be residents as well as having a working visa but without proof the entrance fee was too steep at 25 Dollars each and after a bit of advice suggesting you can see a lot of the good stuff relating to the treaty at Auckland Museum we gave it a miss. We then headed on right up the coast and into the Far North of Northland a densely populated Maori region and not regularly on the tourist route.
We then headed out to Taupo Bay a place where you could look out over Stephenson Island, well we had to really didn’t we? I also managed to pick up a pair of shoes for about £8 at The Warehouse which were pretty handy and I think a good buy, flip flops just aren’t cutting it out here in New Zealand, plus mine are starting to ming.
We also went to Doubtless Bay another beautiful spot but without enough warmth to lie on the beach, no snorkelling gear and no fishing gear we were feeling a little lost. Instead we horsed up the northern peninsula towards Cape Reinga where we set up camp for the night at the most northern camp site in the country and cooked up a mean moules marinare with the green lipped mussels we had bought earlier and again mused at how fantastic the night sky is here, we are in serious danger of developing crooked necks. We felt so isolated and removed from civilisation sat in a deserted field on the very tip of the country. It was a great end to a long day on the road.