Trip Start Apr 16, 2010
25Trip End Jul 24, 2010
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We had a fantastic 3 days in Glenda's plush, open-planned, house in Orewa. Once again, you were a true diamond Glenda and thanks so much! We really did live like kiwi kings during our stay, enjoying a sumptuous stew, delicious roast, and a true kiwi BBQ but to name a few of our culinary highlights. Let's not forget the highly efficient laundry service - whites are white again! The days passed by rapidly, but it was a good chance to recharge our batteries and catch up on much needed sleep (Ollie clocked up 14 1/2 hours on one night). We spent the days on long beach/bush walks accompanied with a delectable 'hokey pokey' ice cream in hand. Before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye to the view over the estuary and jump on to the 'Kiwi Experience'
After an early start, and a 4 hour coach ride, we landed in the Bay of Islands! It was such a relief to have such an easy journey, with the Kiwi Experience laying on everything we needed: accomodation, transport, and activities. We soon found ourselves signed up for a day in Cape Reinga the following day. Although feeling a little tired, we made the most of our day by hiking up to Haruru Falls, and it was well worth the effort! A gorgeous horseshoe-shaped falls greeted us, followed by a long walk through the tropical bush and mangrove swamps. Luvly Jubbly!
That evening we cooked (yes, we actually had to make some effort with food!) for the first time this trip as long gone are the days of cheap Asian restaurants. Where is the local noodle bar when you need it?! Anyway, we created a culinary masterpiece(!?) in the form of pasta and tomato sauce. We all got involved, and Dan even did a sterling job cutting the onions. Great stuff!
Today we arose early for our tour of Cape Reinga, not exactly sure what we were going to get for our $89
After that we headed for Tapotupotu Bay to wash the sand off and have a dip in the Pacific Ocean. We bounded in in a testosterone fueled frenzy and were retreating within 30 seconds thanks to the freeezing cold... We were further ashamed when our bus driver waded comfortably out into the sea for a 30 minute swim, without a wince or scream
Next we cruised on up to Cape Reinga, the Northernmost point of NZ,
to see the point where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean 'collide' and take some photos of the lighthouse. We were soon heading home along the '90 mile beach' (only 64 miles in fact but who really cares, we DROVE ALONG THE BEACH IN A BUS!) We soon returned home via a cheeky fush 'n' chups and spent the evening relaxing at the hostel and chatting to some fellow English folks.
That's all for now folks. We head back down to Auckland at 3pm today for a night in the city before heading to Mercury Bay and then on down South... Hope you're all well!
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