RTW 2005 travel blog

Paisajes de Northland

Whangarei Heads

Homenaje de nuestro primer dia con cocina

Amanecer en Whangarei

Whangarei

Whangarei Falls

Whangarei Falls

Telarana

De paseo por Whangarei Falls...

De paseo por Whangarei Falls...

Paisaje de camino

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

Helecho o palmera?

Paisaje de camino

Dunas a lo lejos

Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga

De camino...

Ninety Mile Beach

De camino...

Nuestra casa!

De camino...

Auckland


Kia ora!

The flight from Samoa to New Zealand was easy, but it was overnight. Adding to this,there was the time difference, the fact that they served us food in the middle of the night and that we had no 31st of August this year due to the date line, we arrived in Auckland completely knackered and still had to wait for a few hours at the airport for our Campervan Rental Company to open its doors. In a span of 24 hours, we had gone from sunbathing in Lalomanu to sitting in a campervan on a sunny but chilly day of New Zealand's incipient Spring. Quite surreal, as you can imagine.

That's right, we have a mobile home now with our own double bed, our tiny kitchen and dinning table and we love it! It's like having a little home again. To be honest, it isn't that much smaller than our flat in Barcelona.

We spent three days driving around Northland, the peninsula right above Auckland, getting familiarised with our new vehicle/home and enjoying the beautiful scenery of this remote part of New Zealand: forests of palmtree-like ferns; never-ending, green fields with calves and lambs running around; gooses showing off their opened tails; beautiful mountains; bushes, bushes and more bushes in all shapes and colours; and beautiful, naked trees with red flowers.

We stopped at Whangarei where we visited Peter (the husband/dad of Angie and Lily, our German friends from Lalomanu) at Mokaba, their coffee place, and gave him a little note that Angie and Lily had given us for him. We took the opportunity to go and visit the impressive Whangarei Falls as well.

Our next stop was at Cape Reinga, a spot we absolutely loved. We loved it so much that we actually slept there so that we could wake up to that view in the early morning and witness the sun rising above the lighthouse. From there, there were views to cliffs and wild, solitary beaches fringed by sand-dunes o both sides of the cape. Awesome!

On our way back to Auckland, we stopped at Ninety Mile Beach, where the wheels of our campervan got stuck in the sand and we needed the assistance of one Maori and his four-wheeler, two Brasilians and one Kiwi to pull it back onto the road. Only us!

So far, New Zealand looks promising! And even more promising is the piece of news that we have received from hom: Leyre (Mikel's sister) and Ibon are getting married!!!!!! Congratulations!!!! You couldn't have made us happier.

Love you and miss you all,

Idoia & Mikel.



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