Ends of the Earth:The Spiritual Home of Maoridom

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Trounson Kauri Park

Flag of New Zealand  , Auckland,
Monday, October 4, 2010

We woke at about 7am and decided to head off early doors waving at all the Maori people we saw who responded by looking at us blankly. We drove to Cape Reinga, the spiritual place of Maori culture which they believe to be the place where departing souls journey to to slide down the roots of the sacred 800 year old Pohutukawa tree out on the rocky outcrop in to the spiritual homeland. We walked across the cliff tops and despite the mega wind it was incredible and you can well imagine looking out hundreds of years ago and thinking you were at the end of the world. This is also the spot where a sea meets an ocean (the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean) and creates a bit of a stir up of the sea as these two immense water bodies collide.  We walked down to the lighthouse and looking up at the distance post and realised just how far we really are from home.  It really was a beautiful place and the views were spectacular and there was a terrific aura about the place.  Apparently whales are often seen around the cape but we didn't manage to spot any today.

Next we drove down part of 90 Mile Beach, which is backed by huge sand dunes and if we had had a boogie board we would have tried a bit of sand boarding, we even considered using the camp table for a fleeting second then thought better of it.  We cooked up some fried egg butties and ate them overlooking the sea with some great ocean waves we then headed off towards the Kauri Coast where there are some mega huge and ancient famous Kauri trees. It was a bit of a weird drive really, yet more truly stunning scenery but on the gravel roads (or were they tarmac, again we can’t drive on the gravel ones with our van so it must have been tarmac).

It’s bizarre but when you are driving on these twisty turning roads it just takes forever to get anywhere. In about three hours driving we saw one other car, a guy whom it appeared had never seen another human being for years, he couldn’t stop talking to us, it’s a bit weird for a guy to stop and chat to you when you are driving opposite directions on a road. None the less we were still on the right road and at about 5pm after seeing loads of beautiful rolling country side and amazing wildlife (we saw the most beautiful birds but didn’t manage to get a photograph – there we go twitching again) we found our campsite for the night. We cooked up some boiled rice and fried some onions with garlic and a chicken breast (half price of course!) between us poured over some kecap manis (our favourite Indonesian number a kind of really thick sweet soy sauce), got chatting to the couple next to us, Laura and Lawrence from Montana and drank just about all our stock of wine and stayed up chatting until 1am.
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natalie1983 on

Pictures are lovely! x

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