Northern most point of NZ

Trip Start Oct 15, 2009
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Trip End Dec 23, 2010


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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cape Reinga is the so called Northern most point of New Zealand although North cape is actually 3km further North,
but before we got there we had plenty to do.

We left at 7:10 so it was anbiother early start first stop being the Puketi Kauri Forest, it covers 7500 hectares of huge
trees know as Ancient Kauri only found in NZ, there was 1 huge tree estimated to be 1000 years old. It was said to be good
luck to touch the tree so i gave it a nice big hug before heading off.

Next stop Kaitaia the big city of the far north, originally a Maori village when the missionaries William Puckey and
Joseph Mathew established a mission station in 1883. From here the village developed and the phrase 'the winterless north'
was coined by Colnel Allen Bell.

We went to head onto the 90 mile beach where thge bus drives along but unfortunately the tide was high so we couldn't do it.
Turns out the beach isn't 90miles long anyway its only 64, there are a couple explanations for this. 1st being that it used
to take farmers 3 days to get their cattle to the market and they thought they would walk 30mils a day, you do the math.
Secondly Captain James Cook may have measured it in nautical miles which works out at 90 land miles. As the tide was high
we just did it later on in the day by which point the sun was shining and the weather was sweet yeeaahhh! Any veichle
can cruise along the beachj but do it at the wrong time and you're screwed as we see a couple of half burried cars.
There were also some pretty lazy oyster fishers (birds) that we chased in the bus as they are so lazy they would rather
try running away than flying.

Before that tho we hit the far north, Cape Reinga. This is where it is said the Maori spirits make their way to the underworld
, a very spiritual and cultural place. The best part about it is its the point where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific ocean
meet. the 2 oceans are different colours and you can see a line where the waves are travelling in opposite directions
meet and crash into each other a wicked thing to have witnessed.

We stopped off for some lunch in this bay, but instead of having luch me and this Canadian dude headed out into the surf
and caught some big waves in the glorious sunshine for about hakf hour.

The next stop was awesome we headed to the Te Paki quick sand stream, home to giant sand dunes which we were going to
body board down. No kidding it was such hard work getting upto the top of the dune, my heart was racing, people were
struggling a fat person would have just rolled down. The ride down was probably about 30 seconds long and you got up
some serious speed. I only went up twice coz i think my ticker would have packed in if i had of gone up another time.

 

We headed to Taipa where it is said the first landing on NZ was made by Kupe in 950AD, followed my the doubtless bay
where we stopped off for some awesome 'fush & chups' how the kiwis pronounce it. That was our day over but it was pretty
sweet as bro!!

We bought some cheap sparkling wine from the shop and partied the night away in the salty bar with team Denmark who were
all sound guys...du sher kur ull (you look pretty)

So now i'm still in Paihia waiting to grab the bus back to Auckland for a night where i think i'm gonna crash in the tv
instead of paying for a room. its bonfire night so hopefully there'll be some action, then its onto the Coromandel Peninsula
home of Mercury Bay.

Peace out homies!!! :-)
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