Day 2 New Zealand - North Island
Trip Start Nov 14, 2011
160Trip End May 13, 2012
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Headed north along the coast soon arriving at a picture postcard view of a deserted beach - Whale Bay. Carried on north to Paihia, which is the main town on the Bay of Islands - once again very pretty area.
After stopping there to have a look round plus eating a liquorice & blackberry ice cream - delicious - headed west across country - very dramatic, one minute rugged then rolling hills followed by sub-tropical vegetation. On reaching Opononi on the west coast we encountered the most enormous sand dune which actually looked like a headland - have to see the photos to appreciate the sight.
Carried on southward driving through a rain forest to our overnight stop on the edge of the forest - absolutely nothing here except for the campsite, but very tranquil.
Initially we were going to go a bit further north, but its a fine balance to achieve the right mix of being on the road and stopping to spend some time at places.Therefore, on reflection, my drafted route is maybe a touch to ambitious regarding the mileage to be covered - so toning down the route a bit with a view to allowing time to appreciate some of the places and also, as Pete is the only driver I don't want him to keel over just yet!
247 kms today.