More beaches and happy oil

Trip Start Oct 16, 2007
Trip End May 09, 2008

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Te Kohanga Campground

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Karikari peninsula is part of Doubtless Bay.  Matai Bay was cool as it has twin coves.  It looks kinda like buttocks from afar.  We spent half the day at Matai Bay bobbing around in the ocean.   Frank tried to do some bodysurfing (no place to rent equipment again) but the waves were way too small.  Well, at least he did not lose sunglasses this time.  We had lunch at the picnic area overlooking the bay and then started driving again westbound towards Ahipara.

On the way to Ahipara, we ended up stopping in Kaitaia to see a chiropractor.  Shari had complained over the last few days about her back.  But it still required quite a bit of debating until Frank finally convinced her to look for a chiropractor.  The guy did a pretty good adjustment and also sold us some "happy oil".  It's a hemp seed oil and the chiropractor said it should not be missed in anybody's diet as it is a good anti-inflammatory and high in omega-3 and 6.  Unlike its better recognized cousin, this type of hemp has a low level of THC, the chemical associated with the "high" of marijuana.  Anyway, Shari likes the nutty tasted of it... and somehow she appears a bit happier now, haha.

We found a great campground in Ahipara at the far end of 90 mile beach in shipwreck cove just around Tauroa Point.  Turns out the place is owned and run by Maori and called Te Kohanga Campground.  They basically have no facilities there.  No kitchen or campervan dump station.  Only cold water showers in the open and basic pit toilets.  But it was only NZ$10 and great for us since we had everything we needed in the camper van.  Nice and empty with lots of space and great views of the ocean!
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