Only a short walk to see Whangarei falls, then a stroll around the town basin.
Can’t believe we have nearly seen the whole of New Zealand!
We finished off the Coromandel by hugging some Kauri trees. Some of these trees have been here for thousands of years so they are doing their best to conserve them.
Hugging them was my contribution to conservation.
Currently exploring the northlands, where there are a few sparsely populated villages.
Our first stop was Omamari, on the West coast. We stayed at a campsite overlooking the Kaiiwi lake.
After a pretty rough nights sleep in the back of the car (the temperature is starting to drop!) we head to another Kauri forest. We weren’t allowed to hug these trees.
These pictures can never show the sheer size of these giants.
From the Kauri forest we head up the coast to Maunganui Bluff. I took a walk on the beach and Laura explored the mountain. We both got soaked to the skin, I was wind and sand beaten, Laura covered in mud. The signs of a good walk!
Hit some traffic on the way to Taumarunui.
This wasn’t enough for us! We had to walk up a mountain to complete our day!
I was basically on all fours going up and nearly on my butt on the way down! It was worth it for the views and invigorating feeling!
Hawera is near Egmont National Park, which is home to Taranaki volcano.
The rain was torrential, luckily we could listen to it from the comfort of our motel room. Luxury for a few nights, a spa bath, a soft bed, a kitchen! All the simple pleasures!
The sun did put in an appearance the following day which allowed us to walk to the beach.
We did venture up the volcano, it was misty.
On a clear day you can probably see all the way to the sea. But not today.
Next destination Taumarunui.
Camping life, I don’t even know how long we’ve been sleeping rough for!
Tramping is what the Kiwis call hiking. We couldn’t have picked a better day, the rain was slashing down, the wind was whipping up. It was awesome!
We pretty much got soaked through and head back to camp for lunch, a hot shower and me making Laura watch Twin Town.
After disturbing Laura with some Welsh culture we went to play in the steampunk playground next door to our campsite.
The blue penguins were due to make an appearance at the end of the harbor near where we are staying.
Can’t see much in the pic, but they were there, waddling and jumping up the rocks to make their way to their burrows for the night. We were watching them and Laura heard a snort behind us, there was a seal laying on the jetty right behind us!