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Beach in Raglan

For my last part of the trip I hired a car. I drove to Raglan and stayed there for 2 nights. I quite enjoyed it there, however I didn't think it was that special. Everyone told me it is really really nice there. It was nice but I've seen much nicer places. I went for a walk on the beach and went to see the bridal falls which were quite impressive. But after seeing the Victoria Falls every small waterfall don't give a really big impression on you anymore....

As Eveline, a girl from Switzerland I met in Whakatane, was going back to Auckland and we decided to travel around the northland together, I drove back to Auckland and we stayed there for another night before heading to Hokianga Harbour.

Bridal Falls
On the way there, we went to see the Kauri trees. We walked through a forest and saw some really big trees. As we walked further into the forest and were chatting away we suddenly stood before this giant amazing massive tree!! It was just unbelievable how big it was!!! Hokianga Harbour was really really nice. Beautiful beaches and sanddunes!

The next day, we drove to Kaitaia and went to the very beginning of the 90 mile beach. We walked on the beach for a bit before we took the car to drive to the sanddunes. However, after driving through bush on gravel roads for about 30minutes the road ended and we had to turn around and go all the way back again (Betti, remember Cuba? :-)  )....

The trip to Cape Reinga was beautiful.

Bridal Falls
There were beautiful coastlines with beaches. Cape Reinga was very special as well. You really could see where the two oceans (south pacific and tasman sea) meet. After taking some pictures at the lighthouse (like every tourist) we headed once again to sanddunes. They were really nice but not as impressiv as the ones in Namibia. I guess I've just seen so many beautiful things that I'm starting to compare everything and suddenly the most beautiful sceneries can't amaze me as much as when I started travelling.....shame....

On Saturday, we made our way to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. It was really nice there and we felt like being on holiday from our holiday.... We booked a sailing trip for the next day and just went to the beach.

The sailing trip was really really nice.

View from my room!
The sun was shining, we had some wind to actually sail and the sea was even for me warm enough to go for a swim. It was just so relaxing!

On Monday, I went to see John (my mums cousin) and his family. We had a really nice day exploring Russel (the place where they live), having a really yummy lunch and going horseriding. It was really really nice to getting to know my second and third cousin and I hope to see them again some time.

The following day, we already left for Whangarei. There we went to see the native bird sanctuary. We saw Pukekos, a Kiwi, a Tui and may other native birds. Most of the time we spent watching the tui and trying to understand what he was saying. It was sooooo funny!

On Thursday, we went back to Auckland. On the way back, we stopped at a place where they sell all different sorts of Honey. It was really interesting to taste them all.

Kauri Tree
.. After giving up our car we went for our usuall coffee "break".

Yesterday, Eveline and I went on a city tour with Stray bus. That was really really good and interesting and I would recommend it to anyone who's going to Auckland! The guide was so funny and told us the most strangest stories about things that happend here in New Zealand. In the evening, I was invited for dinner at Barfoots (hostfamily of my sister). We had a really nice evening with really good food.

Today's my last day here in New Zealand and I am actually a bit sad to leave this beautiful country!! Although, it wasn't always easy, since I was travelling on my own, I still enjoyed it soo much. I met so many nice and very interesting people and learned a lot about myself.

Some facts about New Zealand and backpacking: The Maoris and the Kiwis are the most friendliest people I've ever met (however, there are unfriendly ones as well).

Giant Kauri Tree
The south island is somehow more impressiv and more beautiful then the north island but there are some really nice places on the north island as well. I don't like the fact that there are hardly any wild animals in New Zealand. There are lots and lots and lots of sheep and they all have a different voice....can you belive that....amazing...! Staying in the same room with men is much better than staying in a room with only women....why....men are much more respectful and caring. They are quite when they come into the room and when they leave in the morning! Hostels in New Zealand are much better than in Australia except the city hostels. And last but not least, the owners of most backpackers in New Zealand are so helpful and friendly!

Next journal is from Fiji.......

 

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Beach in Raglan
Beach in Raglan
Bridal Falls
Bridal Falls
Bridal Falls
Bridal Falls
View from my room!
View from my room!
Kauri Tree
Kauri Tree
Giant Kauri Tree
Giant Kauri Tree
Opononi (Hokianga Harbour)
Opononi (Hokianga Harbour)
Paua Shell
Paua Shell
90 Mile Beach
90 Mile Beach
...seastar?
...seastar?
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga
Sanddunes
Sanddunes
Sanddunes
Sanddunes
Sanddunes
Sanddunes
Alien in Sanddune.... :-)
Alien in Sanddune.... :-)
Thats a really big catch!!
That's a really big catch!!
I am sailing...
I am sailing...
..through Bay of Islands
..through Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands
Eveline and me on one of the islan…
Eveline and me on one of the isla…
The big sail...
The big sail...
View from Russel
View from Russel
Horse riding
Horse riding
Hundertwasser loo
Hundertwasser loo
Kiwi
Kiwi
Bees
Bees
Auckland
photo by: Fulla