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Sullivan's Bay - on the way up to Whangerei

The dual cariageway north of Auckland didn't last for very long and we had a gentle drive up the East Coast, stopping at a random beautiful place that we found purely by seeing a blue "picnic" sign rather than anything in the guidebooks.  It was really very quiet and a lovely place to stop and despite the fact that it was lovely golden beach in a sheltered cove on a swelteringly hot day, it was virtually deserted, which we felt bodes well for ourtravels in NZ!

We then mae one further stop at the gorgeous Waipu beach before eventually arriving at Whangerei, where we had a hostel for the night.  Whangerei is a pleasant little town - it was a real culture shock for us to visit there because by the time we made it into the centre of town, it was almost empty of any people at all - only a teenage and his two friends singing a song from the Lion King, which was pretty surreal!   Although the nightlife was probably pretty dead, the next morning we spent some time walking (or "tramping" as the Kiwi's call it!) around the Whangerei Falls and the paths around the forest.

Sullivan's Bay.
  It was really nice to have a car because we simply decided to do that at the last minute - no waiting for buses or forking-out for taxis a la South America.    It was on the walk that we had our first encounter with a Kauri tree - it was absolutely massive!

Our first impressions of NZ so far are that the people are exceptionally friendly and helpful in teh most genuine way.  The countryside that we have seen is so very green and rolling, although unlike our home areas, the vegetation is very different and more "jungle" like - teh huge fern trees are stunning.

We then drove along to the West Cost to visit one of the most seculded areas of NZ - the Hokianga area.

ted332 says:
nice blog!
Posted on: Jan 20, 2008
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Sullivans Bay - on the way up to …
Sullivan's Bay - on the way up to…
Sullivans Bay.
Sullivan's Bay.
Waipu Beach
Waipu Beach
Sullivans Bay
Sullivan's Bay
Waipu Beach
Waipu Beach
Wakerfalls at Whangarei
Wakerfalls at Whangarei
Whangerei
Whangerei
Whangerei waterfalls walk
Whangerei waterfalls walk
Whangerei waterfalls walk
Whangerei waterfalls walk
Whangerei Kauri
Whangerei Kauri
Whangerei waterfalls walk
Whangerei waterfalls walk
Whangarei
photo by: shirlan