NEW ZEALAND'S (ALMOST) TROPICAL FAR NORTH: A MUST SEE SIGHT
Excerpt from the blog: It was a big adventure up North this weekend been, travelling all the way up to the tip of New Zealand's North island and through much of her very pretty Far North towns and coastal scenery. New Zealand has a relatively young history - our indigenous peoples (Maori) were here first, with Europeans arriving in the 1800s and New Zealand's founding constitutional document, the Treaty of Waitangi, signed in the far north, at Waitangi, in 1840....
Early Northland experiences
Motorbiking up through the North (beginning in Auckland and travelling with a group of Moto Guzzi owning riders all the way to the tip at Cape Reinga), was my first real introduction to Northland and the Far North. I was 25, recently divorced (following an ill-advised early marriage) and going a bit wild in search of what I was about. Motorbiking proved a thrill and opened up the world. What you see from the back of a bike is vast: you live it, breath it, feel it, every moment along the way. Travelling up that final strip of the Far north, from Kaitaia to Cape Reinga, with oceans on either sides, and riding down the sand along 90 mile beach from Ahipara with a pub meal of fish 'n chips at Mangonui on route, were all part of that first experience and I still can't think of a better way to see the Far North if you have the opportunity.
In 2016 I made a trip back up with my family - flying from Auckland to Kaitaia, exploring our family heritage at Houhora, and making the 30 minute trip all the way North to Cape Reinga, to see the clash of seas at NZ's tip. Travelling back down the island, we stopped in a number of beautiful beaches, including old school Mangonui, with a final brief explore of the Bay of Islands.
Nostalgic memories from that first trip up North in 2009