Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel
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Leaving the anonymous Auckland suburb and a quick overnight stop at whangerei in a beautiful hostel (in Northland) but sadly also the coldest (it had quite a lot of competition, have I mentioned how cold it is here and the fact they don't have heating???) I have had the misfortune of sleeping in, I arrived in the area rather non imaginatively called Far North land... This is an area of enormous Maori and European history in ...
... everywhere covered in lambs, sheep, calves and cows. The lambs were so cute jumping up and down after their mothers. So e of them had black head and feet they were so cute, they did made me feel like lamb cutlets though. We ended up at the giants dunes after approx 3 hours. We all made makeshift sand boards and trekked up the dunes. For the most part it was a fail so Tia and I rolly pollied down. After the dunes we continues driving up to ...
... but it was a lot of fun, even with getting a lot of sand on ourselves.
Our morning was very busy as we also had it in our plans to visit Cape Reinga, the lighthouse at the very tip of New Zealand's northern peninsula. After getting out of the bus, we proceeded down a 15 minute long path with beautiful views and gorgeous vistas. Cape Reinga marks where the Tasman Sea in the east meets the Pacific Ocean in the west ...
... amazing ones we’ve seen in South East Asia (Looking at you, Luang Probang!) Still, we enjoyed the walk around them, and luckily for Han, there were no chickens around this time. The rest of the day was spent completing the longish drive east to the Coromandel, although we did break it up with an amazing hot mineral water swim. Imagine a swimming pool sized bath – it was heaven!
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Today we were feeling a little worse for wear, but after a lie in and some breakfast we got up and wondered into town. It was overcast which was a shame as we'd planned to go to the beach, so we ended up lying on one of the benches by the sea in the centre of Paihia and listening to different people play on the public piano. It got cloudier and chilly in the afternoon so we went back and chilled in the hostel communal room and had a nap before dinner. James was heading home in ...