Whangarei

Trip Start Jan 16, 2008
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Trip End Jul 28, 2008


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Alpha Motel and Holiday Park

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Leaving Russell in the late afternoon we made the tortuously windy but beautiful drive back to State Highway 1 to make our way south towards Auckland. We made an overnight stop in Whangarei where we managed to use their Pak 'n' Save supermarket and get a free hardback copy of Alistair Campbell's The Blair Years in the campsite's book exchange! (Kim has been searching for this the whole trip to add to her copies of Mao's Little Red Book and the Communist Manifesto) The result is I am now bombarded with tedious and frankly made-up Labour Party facts...what fun we have in Oscar!?!
 
On route back to Auckland we joined the surfers at the gorgeous wind-swept Pakiri beach with its rolling sand dunes. It felt so like England we were rather glad we would be returning so soon.
 
Our final stop was Goat Island Reserve where I briefly entertained the idea of snorkelling though the icy water soon put me off. Luckily fish can be seen simply from standing on the outlying rocks because the marine life is that abundant here!
 
It was a great way to round off a fantastic and rather unexpected trip into Northland but one I'd highly recommend.
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