Orewa to Mangawhai Heads

Trip Start Sep 15, 2010
Trip End Oct 30, 2010

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Where I stayed
Mangawhai Heads Motor Camp
What I did
Shopped at the Orewa Sunday Market for fish and meat, visited the bakery, stopped at Puhoi Cheese Factory

Flag of New Zealand  , Auckland,
Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday morning we hit our first visitors' centre and the Sunday Market. We found some beautiful fresh fish and shoulder steaks, cashew butter and veggies. The nice lady at the VIC informed us that "freedom camping" is not recommended by the Visitor Information Service and generally not welcomed by the populace. Oh well.

After a stop at the local bakery for bread and pastries, we headed up Highway 1 toward Mangawhai Heads. On the way, we stopped at the Puhoi Valley, a charming area with heritage buildings, dominanted by the Puhoi Valley Cheese Factory and Cafe. Of course, we had to buy some cheese, really nice aged gouda.

We also stopped at Sheepworld, at Warkworth, which turned out to be surprisingly entertaining.

We arrived at the Mangawhai Heads Motor Camp early in the evening and found a lovely spot overlooking the lagoon. Half the motor camp is a parking lot, and half a pleasantly uncrowded grassy area surrounded by trees.

We settled in then took the twenty minute walk into the village of Mangawhai Heads to buy beer,  then back to the camp to cook the lovely fish bought at the Orewa market. We opted for cooking in the van as the barbeque and camp kitchen were in the more densely populated half of the motor camp.

Monday morning, Claire set off for Town to the internet cafe and souvenir shops and Tim went for a walk along the beach and the headlands, then joined Claire in Town to enjoy a drink at the local pub. The area has an interesting history of conflict between Europeans and the Maori.

There are also two wineries in the area, but they are small and were not open to the public when we were there. 

Next morning, we enjoyed part of the Mangawhai walk along the beaches and clifftops, with gorgeous views in all directions, then off for Whangerei.
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