This post is sooo very long overdue, lets say by about 4 months! Wowzzer, where has the time gone?? I could make up all sorts of excuses but lets just go with the planning and implementing of getting a very large container from one Continent to another, or maybe moving houses for a 4th time in 4 years, or better yet, husband being out of the country for 3 months. or all the other great opportunities that life has to offer. All good reasons, but I have missed this blog and my writing so I have returned :)
This is the area of New Zealand that is referred to as "North Land", the area north of Auckland. I don't remember why we planned this trip, but I am guessing it was just another area of NZ that we had not explored and wanted to check it off our list. This area, like all the others in this amazingly beautiful country was stunning. It did not disappoint.
We meet our good friends on the coast and spent the day together. This whole coastal area is called Tutukaka, and National Geographic, ranks it the second best coastal destination on the planet. This is one big planet we live on, so to acquire this rating, we knew it must be spectacular.
These photos are taken from an all day boat trip called "The Perfect Day", the boat took us out to some islands called The Poor Knights Islands for some snorkeling, paddle boarding, and swimming. The Poor knights islands are rated as one of the worlds top ten diving spots. The water here was crystal clear with no pollution or sediment problems. There were many varieties of tropical and subtropical fish, because of the currents from the Coral sea. The kids got to swim with a seal, snorkel through a tunnel carved in the rocks and visit the worlds largest sea cave.
|Owen taking advantage of the acoustics's in the cave.|
This was a great hike we did near Sandy Bay that had these fun mermaid pools for the brave ones in our family to take a swim in. I was busy taking photos and Brad was busy life guarding, so our children were the only braves ones on this day.
|Happy to be warm again!|
This is what one would expect to be the northern most tip of New Zealand, however it is not. The honor belongs to Surville Cliffs farther to the east. Cape Reinga is where the wild waters of the Tasman and the calmer more serene waters of Pacific Ocean meet. The Maori consider Cape Reinga the jumping off point for souls as they depart on the journey to their spiritual homeland.
These next shots of us flying down the huge sand dunes was maybe the best part of the bus tour that we did to Cape Reinga. Anytime a little thrilling adventure is part of a tour, we are keen. And this is what you get....... SPEED
LOOKS OF TERROR
RACING Out of Control
AND SMILES TO LAST A LIFETIME
We rested our heads for 3 nights in a lovely, sleepy little surf town called Ahipara. Ahipara is located at the bottom of 90 mile beach. I rented us a true kiwi bach for $100 a night, the restroom was outside the front door. Not kidding, I had to go outside to use the loo. It was classic kiwi. All we did for 3 days was surf, Brad and I could set on the deck of the house and watch the kids surf. It was great fun, and aahhhh so relaxing!
|Shipwreck Bay, some beautiful left handers come right off the point.|
|Another beautiful hike we did up above Hokianga Harbor.|
|We got a little obsessed with mermaid pools on this trip. Every time we saw one, someone in the family(not naming names........OWEN) had to go in sans clothes. He is going to make a good frat boy one day.|
|What is wrong with this picture??|