After a long and tiring seven weeks work in the Kiwi packhouse in KeriKeri it is finally time to see the sights of New Zealand. We made a nice little home in KeriKeri and met some great people who I hope to keep in touch with.
The KeriFresh Packhouse Crew
Hard at Work!!
After leaving KeriKeri we headed north up to Cape Reinga. On the west coast of the cape is the Ninety mile Beach which we wanted to adventure on with Baby(thats our campervan) but between the rising tides, quicksand, wildhorses, and the fact that Baby doesnt have four wheel drive we decided against it. Further north we made it all the way to the "end of the world", which is home of the AA sign, the cape reinga lighthouse, and the famous pohutukawa tree that marks "land's end" at the northern most tip of New Zealand. Cape Reinga is located at the meeting place of two oceans - the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. As you look out you can see the turbulent waters at the exact point the two oceans meet.
It is believed that after death, Maori spirits travel up Ninety Mile Beach to Cape Reinga. Using seaweed as ropes, they travel down the hill to the pohutukawa tree, believed to be over 800 years old, at the northernmost tip of the Cape. The spirits make their final leap from the tree, down the roots, and then return to Hawaiiki, the ancestral homeland of Maori.
'The end of the World'
Where to next??
After leaving the Cape we heading a few kilometers south to the Te Paki sand dunes. This place definitely gives you a feel of desert life because it was one massive sand dune after another. However for just being a large pile of sand they created some great memories and some even better laughs.
On top of the World!!
I'm still recovering from the landing....
Hope you enjoy the pictures and everything, keep checking the blog in the next few weeks because I am going to be updating it quite frequently now that I am on the road again. Miss everyone loads!!