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Feb 17, 2015 - Ahipara

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on The Bay of Islands & Northland has to say about Ahipara: “Maori consider Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga-Wairua) the jumping-off point for souls as they depart on the journey to their spiritual homeland. That makes the Aupouri Peninsula a giant diving board, and it even resembles one – long and thin, it reaches 108km to form New Zealand’s northern extremity. On its west coast Ninety Mile Beach (Ninety Kilometre Beach would be more accurate) is a continuous stretch...

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Mar 31, 2014 - Cape Reinga

Got up this morning and went down the road to Rarawa Beach—sure enough, the road went right down to the beach—white sand, lots of shells. Much better than the trail from the campground. Even tour buses could and did access the beach. Then it was time to head north once more. This is a very narrow peninsula—about 6 km wide most of the way. Most of it is farmland—sheep, cattle, even some turkeys. We were driving up the road, when we came across a herd of cattle – in the road! – being herded by a man on a tractor/ATV and his 4 dogs. They were...

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Nov 25, 2009 - November 26

November 26 The days of the week are becoming a blur. It is Thursday and we know we have to pick Dave and Bridget up Saturday. This morning we got up had breakfast and then went for a walk on the beach. It was really neat to go along the dunes and spillways at low tide. We even waded out into the Pacific to say that we did it. We then packed up and started driving to the top of the island. The older couple (Terry and Joyce) told us to stop in a place called Mangonui for fish and chips. When we arrived in the town Barb went into the info...

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Sep 27, 2009 - Daylight Savings

In honor of daylight savings weekend and my birthday in two days (29 if you can believe it), we headed up to one of our favorite places – Endless Summer Lodge in Ahipara. Of course, Mike checked the surf forecast before we left and it promised to be pumping from Saturday afternoon thru Sunday. It was. He forgot to check the weather forecast, which gave us rain and high winds until about 1pm Saturday afternoon. Thankfully the sun came out on Saturday afternoon and stayed that way, so most was forgiven! It’s amazing that we can leave work on...

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Feb 19, 2009 - Endless Bummer!!! Stayed in Ahipara last night, no surf this morning, down to Tutukaka tonight

So today we were planning on going for a bit of surf at Ahipara which was one of the places in Endless Summer (the surf film).......but the weather was wet and rubbish and the sea was completely flat AGAIN!!! So we decided to head on down to Tutukaka which was a long drive! [Ozz]Seriously - We're cursed man!!! After a day of driving in the rain we finally arrived at 5 ish. Poors Island is pretty close to here which is supposed to be one of the worlds top 10 diving spots so Ozz booked up some diving for tomorrow. We had beans on toast for...

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The A&E Adventure

Feb 8, 2008 - Ahipara

Ahipara Travelled up west coast in our sporty Toyota Camray. Once out of Auckland very little traffic, long stretches of deserted coastline. Further north scenery became more lush and tropical, vast areas of forest and mile after mile of winding roads. Our motel for 2-nights "Beach Abode" right on the beach, tail end of 90-mile beach, well away from it all, really delightful. Enjoyed our 2-days, ventured further north to look at Gumfields and to look at Kauri trees. Drove onto 90-mile beach, a massive length of sand, actually 60-miles long....

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Mar 24, 2006 - Endless Summer Lodge

Endless Summer Lodge is a completely laid back backpackers in the middle of nowhere particular. Well that's not totally true as it sits at the end of somewhere called the 90 Mile Beach (which is in fact 64 miles long - don't ask me). I've got two new experiences to add to my list. Quad biking on a beach - great fun! And Dune Surfing - bloody hard work climbing up them! I got to the very top of the North Island, called Cape Regina, where the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea meet. Basically you drive all the way to the end of State Highway...

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Oi you! Ugly

Jan 2, 2006 - Silly me!

Realised while looking back over what I wrote about Kerikeri, I've managed to stick two photo's with the completely wrong entries! D'oh! And I don't have a lot of internet time left so can't fix it just now! After Kerikeri we went to the East Coast, to a place beginning with A that neither Gary or myself can pronounce yet. It's hard! Not unlike Welsh where everything is said in some strange combination where you end up spitting on the person you're talking to. Apihara (which is how the place is spelt) was a pretty nothing place and we kind...

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Gone Gallivanting

Dec 3, 2005 - Pukenui - 90 mile beach

We drove up to Pukenhui and stayed in a lovely little hostel with views over the bay, and set in gorgeous little gardens. On the drive up their the scenery was surprisingly varied, from forest to "shire-like" hilly areas. We drove to the southern part of 90 mile beach, and took some photo's and had a paddle (the water was absolutely freezing!), before heading back south.

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Sep 20, 2004 - Headin back down

Some Piccies from the trip back to Auckland. We visited an old gummdiggers field where they dug up he roots of giant Kauri trees for their sap - some of it fossilised onto amber over 10 000s of years. I bought a 40,000 year old necklace! We also visited some Kauri shops, there were some some amazing carvings - furniture, etc. We also visited NZ's biggest Kauri forest to see how they live. Really Amazing trees! The Ferry pictures ir fir aa da Isle folk oot dare!

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