It was an easy drive from Waipapakauri Ramp to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga. The road was sealed all the way and there was barely any traffic about. Our guess is that the local population was attending our ‘unity’ celebrations?. The northern visit was a ‘first’ for both of us by road albeit Rod spent a bit of time up this way when he was on HMNZS Lachlan in the early 70’s.
He says he is with a more generous crew on this trip!! We did the traditional walk to the lighthouse (pictures HERE to prove it). It was a stunning day so well worth the journey.
Once we had had a look around, we then had to decide ‘where to from here?’. We decided to stay around the area so headed for Tapotupotu Bay. The Bay is a Department of Conservation site and is an absolute stunner. The beach itself is in a small bay (about 400 metres long), white powder sand, safe surf and good fishing and diving. There were about 10 or so motorhomes here overnight so it very social. If you ever get up this way and are Self Contained (onboard shower and toilet), it is certainly worth a night or two. Click HERE for a picture.
Our plan tomorrow is uncharted. We will let you know where we end up.