#8 - day trip to cape reinga - the very tippy top point of new zealand
Cape Reinga Travel Blog› entry 8 of 113 › view all entries
December 9th, 2008 – by: radrockyd
I felt like I was starting school today. I packed up my lunch, put on my backpack & Peter walked me out to the corner to wait for the bus. It was really funny! The Cape Reinga bus was going to pick me up right at the end of Blue Marlin street - it was perfect! So, there I was, sitting on the curb with Peter waiting for the bus. If we were to continue with the analogy....I had a GREAT first day of school, I liked the teacher and I made some new friends. :)
The day was definitely a long one...the bus picked me up at 8:15am and dropped me back off at 6:15pm! We definitely covered a lot of ground and saw a lot of amazing things throughout the day.
It was at our first stop that I made my new friends. We had stopped for a morning tea (see, all of this tea! It's hilarious!) & I walked outside to get some fresh air & ended up chatting with this very nice Indian man named Neville. He was travelign with his family from Mumbai. He was with his wife, Aban; his daughter, Zenobia (I was actually sitting next to her on the bus); his cousins (I think) - Jimmy & Firoza. We chatted for awhile about the attacks in Mumbai....Jimmy's daughter was actually in the hotel when it happened. He said he had no idea she was there & she purposely didn't send her parents any messages because she didn't want to scare them. Turns out she is a journalist - so she had the front page cover story the next day.
Anyway, after this interaction, they became my adopted family for the day. I really enjoyed meeting them & it definitely made the day that much more special!
By the time we made it up to the cape, the weather started to clear!!! It was definitely a BRIAZZ moment!!! (My friend Steph & I use that word when things just work out perfectly). Seriously, the skies just turned clear & blue and the waters turned a gorgeous turquoise color. It was really amazing to see the place where the Tasman Sea & the Pacific Ocean collide. The waves literally collide into one another & it looks so cool! And you can definitely notice a difference between the two oceans.
And of course I had to take a jumping photo at the lighthouse. :)
After the Cape, we drove down to the sand dunes. THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! We hiked up this increbily steep sand dune & then got on boogie boards & just slid on down. It was so much fun, I did it twice!! Definitely a fun little addition to the day.
Sand dune boogie boarding was defintiely a highlight of the day....but I had two other highlights as well....
1) My Mumbai family had seen me do the jumping picture at the lighthouse & I got them to take jumping pictures down on the beach!!! They were having so much fun, it was great! :)
2) I did my first "interview".
Anyway - yet another FABULOUS day on this adventure. I think I have one more day in Kerikeri and that makes me very sad. I feel like I could stay here forever, but I know I need to start moving on soon.
I just e-mailed Belinda to see if we'll be meeting up in Taupo & I also have a friend-of-a-friend to see in Whangarei. I may be heading down there to do some deep sea fishing & some scuba diving. We'll see!!!
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