Our first stop was snorkling at Goat Island. Due to bad weather the visibilty was not the best, but we still spoted few rays, some fish with pearls and a big snapper. Luckily we haven’t met any sharks 🙂
Our first surf was at Mangawhai beach.
Mangawhai Heads is a popular holiday destination for Aucklanders.
The surf looked good but was a bit too small and too lully. And we still had heaps of beaches ahead of us…
Somewhere on the road.
Beautiful park above the waterfalls.
Ngunguru (no wonder I have problems remembering the names of these towns…).
Setting up our camp in Paihia.
Paihia sunset on a new year’s eve.
Somewhere in between.
Wild pigs crossing the road towards Taupo Bay. The two piglets were very curious and friendly, while their mom at the back didn’t look very happy about this…
Small surf but fun.
Wes is stoked, like always 🙂
I sneaked on the backyard of the house, to capture an amazing view, when suddenly I heard gun shot. Aaaaaaaaa, I ran back to the car as fast as possible. I guess I watch too much movies… 🙂
Mangonui – Venice wannabe 🙂
Mangonui is small and sooooo cute, at the entrance to Doubtless Bay
One of the locals.
Doubtless Bay (when James Cook first arrived here he wrote in his diary “this place is doubtless a bay”).
On the road again.
Henderson’s Bay, pretty far north. Not many people around, endless beach with many surf peaks but only four surfers. I was scarred of sharks a bit 🙂
Let’s check what’s behind these huge sand dunes… More sand!
One of the sculls we found on the beach, little bird once used to be…
Hokianga Harbour is full of mangroves.
Hokianga Harbour. Waiting for the ferry to cross the harbour.
On the ferry, chatting with exstremely nice captain and his crew.
Rawene, probably the smallest town in NZ. On app. 500m long street (the only one in town) we saw three churches.
Sand dunes across from Opononi on West Coast.
Opononi surf spot. Unfortunately the conditions were to wild and rough to surf.
The largest and the oldest of the Kauri Trees in NZ. With more than 50m in height, more than 13m in width and with more than 2000 years of age it deserves to be called The Lord of the Kauri Forest.
Careful, kiwis on the road!
Sunset upon one of the Kai Iwi Lakes.
Auckland from the other side of the Harbour Bridge. On the way home.