A busy day in busy ways

Trip Start Feb 01, 2011
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Trip End Apr 30, 2011


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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Friday, April 22, 2011

We started the day quite early, for we had a long drive ahead of us, and loads of places to stop!

Our first stop was a lake called kaiiwi. Which was quite the disappointing thing lol. Poor Kai. I actually wish I could say more about this day, but it wasn't that special, and actually one of the 'darker' pages of my journal, for I wasn't exactly happy about traveling together with him. (yes, I had been wishing I could travel together with someone for a bit, but he was not the most entertaining company so it was quite disappointing...)
Our second stop was waipoua kauri forest. Not as spectaculair as I had expected them to be. I thought the trees, they're supposed to be NZ biggest, would be similair to the seqioua in the US. They were thick yes, but didn't reach half as high as I thought they would.
Because their roots are really sensitive there were wooden paths on poles to protect them, I did get to hug one of the trees standing close to the path! (or more like, in the path lol)
At one of the biggest trees I suddenly ran into friends of Naomi, they were on their easter break and spend it in the Northland aswell! Naomi had sadly returned to Wellington the day before. It was a weird but pleasant surprise! I love running into people like that(sadly it never really seemed to happen with people I wanted to run into again..)

After the trees we continued all the way up north, to Cape Reinga. We did make a small side stop at a Isite, because I wanted to book the 'Rock-a-boat' in Paihia, and then decided to book my hostel there aswell. We were quite lucky, easter break meant every hostel in Paihia was completely booked, and after some calling around we finally managed to find one that still had 2 spare beds left. The lady at the Isite was soo incredibly nice to call all the hostels for us and make sure it was all aranged! You never get helped like that in bigger cities.

We got to Cape Reinga a bit before sunset. It was a weird idea, that moment at the tip, knowing that I had travelled as far South and as far North as I could in NZ. I had literally traveled from coast to coast! Only Paihia was left!(and with that the realisation that within a week, I'd be on the plane back to Singapore...) At the lighthouse on the tip of cape Reinga, a kiwi couple asked me to take a picture of them, in return they took one for me aswell, but with the first pic the man got all =D and joined in lol. They were really nice, and actually thought I was from New Zealand too!! Best compliment for my English ever, having a native think you're from the same country!

There was a small Doc campground near cape reinga, and we decided to crash there for the night. The place was amazing, a small bay looking out over the pacific, in the middle of nowhere. We made dinner(which took longer than usual for the strong wind made it nearly impossible for us to cook....but we managed somehow, and then we had to eat in the dark with only one headlight lol) After dinner and cleaning up, we went down to the beach. The night sky was absolutely amazing! And with my newfound knowledge of making pictures in the dark I managed to get quite a few good night sky shots!! And again, seeing a few shooting stars! (I still wasn't fast enough to think of a wish whilst seeing it tho...)
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