Day 3 North Island, New Zealand
Trip Start Nov 14, 2011
160Trip End May 13, 2012
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Arrived at our site for tonight - Maipura Beach - approx 50 Kms north of Auckland. Nice little place and very close to the beach. This area is a gannet and seal wildlife refuge.
The beach is for surfers one way and has cliffs the other way. We walked along the cliffs and came across a huge gannet colony - may not sound very interesting but actually it was, the birds had chicks and they were so close we could nearly touch them - have to say though, the smell was not particularly pleasant.
Meeting some friendly and interesting locals who are pointing us in the right direction regarding where to go and where not to go.
Travelled 223 Kms today.