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Arriving in Auckland and exploring Northland

Jet lag recovery and discovering the north island.

We arrived in Auckland at 6am after a sleepless 14 hour flight during which we somehow missed Monday altogether and lept straight from Sunday to Tuesday!
We then somehow managed to stay awake for the whole day (in order to get onto local time), doing a very good impression of the living dead until we finally crashed out at 8pm!
Our first week in Auckland was spent getting over the jet lag and attempting to formulate a plan for the next 3 months in New Zealand!
On Saturday 18th we made the bold move of buying a 1991 Toyota Corona from a couple of backpackers who were leaving the island - we're hoping it will do another trip around the country for us! Renting and insuring cars is really expensive and so it's a gamble worth taking! Check out 'Sharona the Corona' in all her glory below!
On a rainy Monday we left Auckland and travelled North along the scenic and lush east coast to Whangarei.
On Tuesday we walked along the river flowing from the Whangarei Falls to a state park with a treetop canopy walkway, finding some huge Kauri trees (it seems that big trees have been a main feature of our travels so far!) and great views along the way.
Yesterday we drove out to the Whangarei Heads, electing to climb the imposing Manaia mount. This was no mean feat, taking 2 hours to ascend through thick forest and undergrowth to reach the rock formations at the summit which are steeped in Maori history and legend!
It was well worth the effort, the summit offering amazing panoramic views of gorgeous sweeping coastlines and pretty harbours in the Whangarei area.
Take a look at the photos below and the gallery to get a feel for these excursions!
We're planning on heading north again in the next few days to visit the popular and scenic Bay of Islands, before heading to the tip of the north island to see the 90 Mile Beach!
Let's hope it's sunny!
Take care everyone, missing you all (but not the weather!)
Richard and Lucy.
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Posted by rioandlucy 18:45 Archived in New Zealand

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Love the photo of the boots and the view. Glad you;re having an amazing time. The weather back home is glorious. 22 degrees yesterday and we sat in the garden and toasted alice;s arrival with champagne!

by tashabasha

one thought. if you;re going to the bay of islands we stayed in an amazing BnB or homestay which was on an orange farm. I can;t find the name of it in my journals but it was either in Paihai or KeriKeri and we think it was listed in the Lonely Planet. It;s run by a scandinavian guy and his family, they let you have the run of the farm and he even went out one night so we had a romantic candle lit dinner in his kitchen. they were perfect hosts! It;s a little bit out of town but as you;ve got a car that;s not a problem.

by tashabasha

Your own personal TARDIS…from Sunday to Tuesday, fantastic :).

And back in time to 1991 for a car. By the way, I thought backpackers, like the car vendors, were peeps on foot not in cars lol:). Good idea, maybe you can sell it on for what you paid for it. That happened a lot in Cyprus when I was there.

Loved the photos…are you both wearing matching boots?!

Glad you’re loving it:)

by russ010856

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