Saturday, February 28

New Zealand: Volume Five

19th Feb:
After a massive 390 kilometer (about 242 miles) drive from the Coromandel to the south of Northlands and staying in the small town Dargaville, we drove (lol) up to Waipoua Forest to see the Kauri trees.
Now these can grow to be massive. The Photo's just don't do these guys any justice. The only way to see how bog these guys are is too look at my speck of a Dad:


And that one isnt the biggest. The biggest one you can't fit in the photo, at least not to give it the justice it deserves. But here are the 'Four Sisters':


Saw some great scenery while continuing up the Northlands, heading for Manganoui.


20th: Total washout today :/ But it was still an interesting day as we went to Butlers Point to learn about the Whaling in the museum there.


No pictures of the muesum as they weren't allowed. Well, they were I guess as the other people in the group were taking them. I just took a picture of this tree really. I thought it was cool.


21st: Today was our trip to Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga, the northen most point of NZ. One hell of a trip. You have to do it.


One of the stops was at Rarawa Beach. Now this photo does not show the true colour of the sand, as it was white. Just like flour, really :)


And this next picture shows the most wonderful place to have lunch. EVER. Tapotupota Bay.


The light house at Cape Reinga. And where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean collide!


Tobogganing down the giant sand dunes at Te Paki!


And finally, Nintey Mile Beach.


22nd: Headed down to Pahia for the last few nights of our holiday. For the rest of the evening, we visited the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.


We also drove up Mount Bledisloe, which tells us that London is 7833 miles beneath it:


23rd: Headed out on a cruise of the Bay of Islands.


We went through the 'Hole in the Rock' and saw a pod of dolphins.


24th: Went to KeriKeri for some much needed shopping. Well, I wanted to buy a new carry on bag for the trip home as I didnt think I would be able to get everthing in my suitcase! (So glad I did, i was spot on for the weight of my suitcase at the aiport - PHEW)

25th: Took the Paihia ferry to Russell to do a little exploring.


And to sample a Burger Ice Cream. Oh yes. Very fatty, but very YUMMY.


Took a stroll in the evening on the Waitangi track to the Mangrove swamps. We saw some Pukeko!


These Mangrove trees have their roots sticking straight up out of the ground, so that when high tide comes in, they don't drown!


26th: Last morning today. Said goodbye to Pahia and went for a quick visit to Whangeri before heading through Auckland to the hotel near the airport.


And that was our adventure :)


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