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New Zealand- Chapter Twenty-Seven: All Roads Lead to Auckland

New Zealand- Chapter Twenty-Seven: All Roads Lead to Auckland

I woke on my twenty-seventh day in New Zealand emotionally and physically spent from the previous day at Cape Reinga, the Te Paki Sand Dunes and Ninety-Mile Beach. As usual, I’d planned an early departure from my campground so I wouldn’t spend the whole day driving. Google Maps told me it was 324kms to my […]

Photo Essay- Te Paki Sand Dunes and Ninety Mile Beach

Photo Essay- Te Paki Sand Dunes and Ninety Mile Beach

The afternoon of Day Twenty-Six was spent exploring the amazing areas of The Te Paki Sand Dunes and Ninety Mile Beach, both famous tourist attractions in Northland. NEXT: Chapter Twenty-Seven: All Roads Lead to Auckland ******************************************************************************************************************************* The New Zealand 2012 Series: New Zealand 2012 by the Numbers Chapter One: Christchurch in One Word: Broken Photo Essay- […]

New Zealand- Chapter Twenty-Six: Cape Reinga & The Spirits of the North (pt.3)

New Zealand- Chapter Twenty-Six: Cape Reinga & The Spirits of the North (pt.3)

I’d certainly lingered longer at both Cape Reinga and the Te Paki Sand Dunes, so, as I headed for Ninety Mile Beach late in the afternoon, I knew my plan on making it half way back to Auckland wasn’t going to happen. The realization came as somewhat of a relief, as I wouldn’t feel rushed […]

New Zealand- Chapter Twenty-Six: Cape Reinga & The Spirits of the North (pt.2)

New Zealand- Chapter Twenty-Six: Cape Reinga & The Spirits of the North (pt.2)

After a deeply spiritual morning at Cape Reinga, I began the long trip southward. My original intent had been to drive over half the way back to Auckland, but since the weather had turned out so nice, I decided to stop a few places along the way. I turned off on a side road to […]

Photo Essay- Cape Reinga

Photo Essay- Cape Reinga

It’s amazing to see how the weather situation developed during the hours I was here. As I mentioned in the full blog post (Chapter 25: Cape Reinga and the Spirits of the North) the place has a deeply spiritual feel to it.   NEXT: Chapter Twenty-Six: Cape Reinga & The Spirits of the North (pt.2) ******************************************************************************************************* The New […]

New Zealand- Chapter Twenty-Six: Cape Reinga & The Spirits of the North (pt.1)

New Zealand- Chapter Twenty-Six: Cape Reinga & The Spirits of the North (pt.1)

The day began with grey skies and a pouring rain. That was the first image I saw when I looked out of the window of my motel room. I’d known it was going to be that way. New Zealand’s National Weather Service, Metservice, had said so the previous night, but I had gotten so use […]

New Zealand- Chapter 25: Waitangi, The Hokianga & Rain

New Zealand- Chapter 25: Waitangi, The Hokianga & Rain

My trip to Northland, the vast area north of Auckland, was not on my original New Zealand itinerary. In the pre-trip planning stages, I’d left a few ‘weather’ days set aside on the South Island to make sure I was able to get at least some sun at the destinations I’d wanted most to see, […]

New Zealand- Day 24- Two Drives and Glowworms

New Zealand- Day 24- Two Drives and Glowworms

Even with the feeling of ecstasy watching the amazing sunset on the beach outside of Kawhia the night before, I knew the next day would pose it’s own difficulties, as I had to get back on my scheduled itinerary if I wanted to make sure I would get to do the things I had left on my list. The […]

Photo Essay- Kawhia Sunset

Photo Essay- Kawhia Sunset

The sunset I experienced in Kawhia was not only one of the highlights of my trip, but provided for some of the best sunset photos I have ever taken. NEXT: Chapter Twenty-Four: Two Long Drives and Glowworms The New Zealand 2012 Series: New Zealand 2012 by the Numbers Chapter One: Christchurch in One Word: Broken Photo […]

New Zealand-Chapter 23: Fleeing Rotorua and the Most Wonderful Surprise (pt.3)

New Zealand-Chapter 23: Fleeing Rotorua and the Most Wonderful Surprise (pt.3)

In the two earlier parts of this post, I wrote about how I started the day in Rotorua, with full intentions of spending the whole day there, but had been compelled to flee from the crowds there. With little plan, I’d been able to take in some of historic sites and a wonderful museum in […]

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