Saturday, February 21, 2015

Far North

Part of a pilgrimage to see the Tasman meet the Pacific at Cape Reinga we wended our way North via farming friends.  We weren't disappointed with rows of white capped waves coming from two directions and meeting, creating a large whirlpool.

Waikato stares

Moving the electric fencing on the hills

Dog tucker

Side trip to Hobbiton to mingle with the tourists - the attention to detail was admirable.  Employment for 130 (what seemed like) thirteen year olds, driving the frequent buses and acting as Guide Rangis.  

Although we saw no hobbits at Hobbiton, we did get to see some friendly Orks as we passed through Auckland.

Kerikeri old stone store 1836 - watched them set up a drone to take some Tourism NZ shots on this beautiful day

Our guide - Kupenga at the Kemp House

With the locals - Opononi jetty

The catch and bait

Waitangi meeting house pole guardian

A random tuk tuk outside a Russell Thai restaurant!

Waka training - Lake Ngatu

Buzzing Kaitaia Saturday morning market - David's slushies were popular

Mangonui former colonial fishing village - sketched from the famous fish & chip shop

Destination Cape Reinga light house.  Upon approaching we were treated to a spectacular display of squillions of buzzing dragon flies - I'd never seen such before.  I speculated it was because I'd brought my Tombow pens all the way to the end of the country.  And for those enriched by Trivial Pursuit evenings, tombow of course, is the Japanese word for dragon fly :-)


  1. Thanks for taking us on your grand tour of Northland Scott! I hope you did some bombs of the Opononi jetty too?

  2. Thanks Murray, it was a a bit too fresh that day for bombs, and we may have disrupted the fishing. But we did cadge a sand board from Swiss and did some sand boarding.

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