Cape Reinga

Day 53. Two hour drive to Cape Reinga top of New Zealand, open hills and distant dunes.

DOC Tapotupotu – Northernmost campsite on the North Island. We managed to access a spot right beside the estuary leading out to sea, white sand beaches were soft underfoot as the tide receded.

Walk to Cape Reinga Lighthouse 20 minute return. Outstanding views on this family friendly pathway to this iconic Lighthouse. 

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The Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet offshore clashing white as they merge over the Columbia Bank. 

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Panoramic views from the lighthouse….

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Bathing back at the campsite….

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Drone photography…

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Cloud rolling in…

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Evening Sunset at Cape Reinga….

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Day 54. Thick mist with little prospect of any views on a planned walk made us decide to move on after a spooky walk to the lighthouse for a different image.

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Drive toTe Paki sand dunes.

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The skies above these enormous sand dunes were clearing as we arrived with hot sun beating down on us, and the many sand boarders making the steep, sliding climbs up the dunes carrying boards with them…..

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To slide back down and start the whole gruelling process again.

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We were both happy to watch others enjoy the thrills and spills….

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Drive to Whatuwhiwhi Beach Karikari Peninsula, overnight stop.

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 Practice watercolour sketch…

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