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