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... was finally reaching the sea.
There is so much green everywhere. The mountains are covered with native forests or bush as they call it, or with planted tall pines for the logging industry. If the mountains are not covered with trees they are used for grazing and you could see the dividing fences sometimes in the middle of the top.. There are many kinds of trees but I especially like the palm looking ones(maybe I miss Florida???) ...
... bodies. Wiping it only seemed to exfoliate it into our sunburn so we settled for the option proving the most success - whipping it off each other with our towels. It was only when the whipping noises ceased we noticed the entire family intently watching us whilst feasting on their watermelon. We retrieved the oreos from the boot and hastily headed towards the open road; the disgusted looks of the watermelon family whilst we devoured ...
... meets the Pacific Ocean and is also the most northly point of NZ. Then back down to Ninety Mile Beach with very dangerous tidal currents where on Christmas Day a teenager was swept out to sea. We stood on the beach and watched the tide come in and could see how quick and irregular the speed of the tide across the beach. Driving back to Russell by another route from the one taken in the morning, we weaved up and down very steep roads over volcanic hills. Tea ...
... where we took the boat out to the dive site. It was a completely different dive to the ones we had experienced on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia - it felt very poignant to be see something of historical importance, even if the dive wasn't as interesting in terms of aquatic life. The water was much cooler and there were more currents than in Australia as well so it was good to get some experience of different diving conditions. Fiona also arranged for me ...
... but we actually ended up driving straight through it by accident because there's not much there! So we decided to carry on to Keri Keri which was just a short drive away. We parked up at a farm hostel for the night and cooked our first meal in the campervan - fajitas!
Day 10: We had a slower morning at the farm as we got chatting to Klauss and Tamika (the owners) who were asking us about our trip and they also let us ...