#8 - day trip to cape reinga - the very tippy top point of new zealand

Cape Reinga Travel Blog

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*****DAY EIGHT (Wednesday, December 10th) - BUS TRIP UP TO THE VERY NORTH OF THE NORTH ISLAND*****

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.
The lighthouse at Cape Reinga.
  This trip can basically take two different routes depending on the tides....it can go up the road to the cape and then back down the beach (it's called Ninety Mile Beach....but our guide said it was actually closer to 65 miles...maybe Ninety Mile Beach just sounds better?  I don't know...) OR it can go up the beach & down the road.  The tides were such that we did the road first, beach later - and I'm so glad it turned out that way!!  The views from the road on the way up were pretty and all....gorgeous green hills, tons of sheep, more green hills and way more sheep....but I was kind of tired and I kept head bobbing on the way up.  The weather was okay...it was great that it wasn't raining....but it was still definitely overcast & it was kind of grey.  So, I feel like I didn't miss too much.
Aban, Neville & me. My adopted Mumbai family! :)

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.
BRIAZZ!
  CRAZY.  She was actually nearly caught in crossfire.  How terrfying!!!  We also (of course) talked about US politics and they were all huge fans of Obama.  :)
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.
You can literally see the Tasman Sea's and the Pacific Ocean's waves collide here!
...the Pacific is a darker color & the Tasman Sea was a lighter/brighter color.  And this is the spot where the Maoris believe people's souls come when they die to start their journey back to their spiritual place...I believe it's called Hatiki.
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".
Neville wanted to do the jumping picture too! This was just awesome.
  I video taped Neville & asked him about the election, what he thought it meant for our country, etc....and then I gave him an Obama button.  He was excited about it & I think loved the gesture of getting a gift to remember our time together.  He actually invited me to come visit them in Mumbai - SOOO nice.  I don't know if I have the time to do it....but hey, you never know what can happen.  I actually just read a great quote...."The happiest travelers have no fixed plans and aren't intent on arriving" - or something like that.
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.
SO fun.

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!!!

Kia ora!!
Arohanui!
MWAH!!!!
stefsanfran says:
Hi babe,

I love this site! It's so great to be able to follow along with you on all your adventures. I have been reading every entry and smiling at all you have done already! You look like you are having so much fun and meeting a ton of people. What else is new??? I am so glad you have started your "interviewing!" It will be so fascinating to see how the rest of the world views us now...
Big hug. MWAH. qui qui.
I miss you!!
stefanie
Posted on: Dec 11, 2008
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The lighthouse at Cape Reinga.
The lighthouse at Cape Reinga.
Aban, Neville & me.  My adopted Mu…
Aban, Neville & me. My adopted M…
BRIAZZ!
BRIAZZ!
You can literally see the Tasman S…
You can literally see the Tasman …
Neville wanted to do the jumping p…
Neville wanted to do the jumping …
SO fun.
SO fun.
The lighthouse at Cape Reinga - th…
The lighthouse at Cape Reinga - t…
The tippy top of the North Island …
The tippy top of the North Island…
I just love these type of signs...…
I just love these type of signs..…
Another view of the seas colliding…
Another view of the seas collidin…
A gorgeous view from Cape Reinga.
A gorgeous view from Cape Reinga.
Hi!  Thats me, at the lighthouse.
Hi! That's me, at the lighthouse.
Hi, thats me, at the lighthouse, …
Hi, that's me, at the lighthouse,…
Hi, thats me at the lighthouse, w…
Hi, that's me at the lighthouse, …
Me & my bus seat mate, Zenobia, fr…
Me & my bus seat mate, Zenobia, f…
The view out the bus window as we …
The view out the bus window as we…
Getting ready to go sand dune boog…
Getting ready to go sand dune boo…
That hill was DEFINITELY a workout…
That hill was DEFINITELY a workou…
I think thats me.  Neville was my…
I think that's me. Neville was m…
Heading back up again for more boo…
Heading back up again for more bo…
The sand dunes.  I love this pictu…
The sand dunes. I love this pict…
On the Ninety Mile Beach!
On the Ninety Mile Beach!
One of my highlights of the day:  …
One of my highlights of the day: …
Got her a little bit higher this t…
Got her a little bit higher this …
And finally, my bus seat-mate, Zen…
And finally, my bus seat-mate, Ze…
Zenobia coming down from her jump …
Zenobia coming down from her jump…
Me and Neville inside the trunk of…
Me and Neville inside the trunk o…
Cape Reinga
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