Journey to the Very Northern Tip

Trip Start Jan 10, 2005
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Trip End May 10, 2005


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Friday, April 22, 2005

Martin was keen on travelling to the most northerly point of New Zealand, so we made the very long trip up to Cape Reinga. We drove along 90 Mile Beach (it's actually 90 km), stopping along the beach for a picnic lunch. You can actually drive on the beach all the way to the cape (Heather and I took a bus that did this), but our guidebook warned us that if you're driving your own vehicle to make sure it's a 4 WD and to check the tides. (Apparently, there are several vehicles that have been abandonned on the beach because the drivers didn't bother. We decided that Kris might not appreciate it if we got her car stuck out on the sand. It would go something like, "We've at the airport - decided to leave early. You can keep Martin's didgeridoo. Your car is on 90 Mile Beach." - Yikes!)

The last 23 km of road to the cape is unsealed gravel (or metal, as they call it here) road that is very rutted and, of course, winds around around from hill to hill. (I am sure they could make some of the roads here straighter if they really wanted to!) In the end, our journey is well worth it - the vistas on the hill above the lighthouse are incredible.
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