Seeing the far north of the far south

Trip Start Jan 17, 2010
Trip End Jan 24, 2010

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Today I went up to the 35th parallel as opposed to the 45th in Central Otago. Weather is warm and sunny except for about 20 minutes of rain, the first seen in more than 2 weeks on my journey. The places seen were Kaitaira, Manganoui and Kari Kari peninsula. Alittle bit of walking, strolling, hiking and back for a little more wine tasting. This region does reds best and mostly Merlot, Syrah (Shiraz), and Pinotage, along with Chambourcin, a grape from the Loire Valley in France. Seen were some nice  rivers, several bays and inlets, some tiday estuaries and mostly coastline, as here in the north you're never more than a few minutes from the coast. North of where I went is 90 mile beach and a lighthouse at Cape Reigna, still unseen on tis, my second trip to the northland. I did see some very nice whiteish sanddunes which are about 50 feet high. Higher ones are seen up the coast further north.

What I will do, is upload more pix from the previous two days to get caught up. Upload speed allowing, I will begin to show some pix from the days travel in and around Kerikeri, which is a farmer's haven, but not so much for dairy and sheep, but for produce including avacadoes, watermelon and tomatoes. Tomorrow its off to Paihia and Russell, part of the true Bay of Islands experience.
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Jerald on

gorgeous scenes.

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