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... Waves continue their endless march to shore. To the east, the water is a deeper blue - the Pacific. The cape is where they meet. We climb to the lighthouse. The views are incredible. Our spirits are high, but not yet ready to depart, despite the taxing climb. There is a lone tree growing out of a rock far below us, near the dividing point between the two seas. It is 700 years old. Sacred. The remainder of the 10-hour trip is a bit anticlimactic, ...
... the spirits begin their journey back to the homeland of Hawaiki. The lighthouse is however the main attraction for tourists. It's a pretty sight and from here all you see is sea! If you sailed to the left you would eventually reach Australia, to the right even further away lies Chile, and northwards, if you missed Fiji, would be Russia. It wasn't far from the Cape that the first Maori arrived around the 13th Century from somewhere in Polynesia. NZ ...
... as soon as we walked to the side the strong gushing fall came into view. Some kayakers down below were trying to get close to them for a photo but the force of the falls was proving tricky covering them with spray!
Looking at all that water made us think of our next task for the day – find a shower! In the town of Waitangi (yes, another ‘W’) we met a friendly motel owner who had a small campground ...
... Dan wouldn’t be leaving the shop without his new fancy mac. Mission complete. Next stop beachside holiday park, Bay of Islands.
Feeling like we were part of a car ad driving through the mountain roads, we were soon directed away from the main highway (which is hard to call a highway anyway) due to a detour as roadworks were being carried out “oh well, can’t take that much longer”… ...
... tourist attraction in Karawara a town just before Paihia. Steve was just as much fascinated as I was so a left turn 200 metres and drove into Karawara, past Klondike booze. I was looking for a public toilets. Yes I know but these ones are totally unique, I think actually not over stating the point, in the world. An Austrian artist, painter, ecologist, etc.... Settled in Karawara and designed the local public toilets. Hopefully I can show the pics now as really you need to ...