Northlands of NZ

We’ve been in NZ for 3 days, mostly in the Northlands.  Today, we went out for a day excursion to visit the northern-most point of this country – Cape Reinga, where the Pacific ocean and the Tasman sea meet.  We took a bus tour that included a visit to a gum (rubber) digger site, a drive on 90 mile beach and a stop to ride boogie boards down gigantic dunes.  Walking up the sand mountains is quite a workout!  Leon walked up even higher dunes and I was all poised to take his picture.  I got 3 good shots of… sand!  The sun was so bright, I couldn’t even see what I was shooting at.  I missed Leon completely.  And he wasn’t about to go up for a 3rd time to satisfy my bad photography skills.

The rest of the tour included some mean fish and chips.  Tomorrow we drive south to Rotorua, land of the Maori culture.  Huge driving day!

Leon is second from the bottom, up the dune

Somebody stop me!



dune rider

Dune Rider bus

90 mile beach

Cape Reinga

Van Diemen lighthouse Cape Reinga

where Pacific meets Tasman sea

Paihia view from our b&b

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  1. Catherine, I am so sorry we did not get to meet you when we were down in Van last month. I laughed when I read your comment that you could not see Leon for the bright sun shining and got 3 shots of the sand. I did the same thing a year ago in Maui trying to take photos of the whales breaching – thinking to myself I sure hope I am taking photos of the whales and not the sky. Guess what – all the photos were of the sky!! :):) Oh to have those youthful eyes again!


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