Day 185: Whangarei Heads
Trip Start Sep 21, 2006
228Trip End Jun 01, 2007
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I overheard that there is a boat for every eighth person in New Zealand. This seems plausible judging by the web of masts and rigging in the marina beside me.
Despite looming clouds and occasional bursts of drizzle, I cycle south to Whangarei Heads. The main road between hills of pine, fern and cabbage trees, and sheltered bays is pretty enough, with some inclines.
I cycle past what I at first believe to be a squashed hedgehog, till I realise that none live here. It's my first sighting of a non-stuffed kiwi, though this too has had its guts removed. There a signs for kiwi sanctuaries along the route.
Given a choice between 'View of Oil Refinery' and 'Urquhart's Bay', I choose the later, though it too suffers from the blot of striped towers, flaming chimneys and cylinders on the horizon. The bay is a pleasant destination but I feel the need for more dramatic scenery. For this I will have to venture further into N.Z.