EXPLORING SOME MORE OF NORTHLAND
>> TAUPO BAY, CAPE REINGA & TE PAKI DUNES <<
Well I was lucky enough to have three clear days off, so figured better not waste them!
I am incredibly lucky to have my grandparents live in Taupo Bay, so this amazing hidden gem has been my holiday spot for as long as I can remember.
I also spent a few years living here as a kid too.
Im not going to go on too much about this, but if you ever get the chance – pop on in to the bay.
The drive in is seriously beautiful.
Scott had never been to the top of NZ before, so I was super excited to take him on this journey!
Following the signs for “Cape Reinga” you wont pass many others on the road once you turn off past Awanui.
At the very edge of our country is Cape Reinga Lighthouse – an iconic spot for many NZer’s who have made the drive to the top!
This is truly a MUST for any visitor to our beautiful country – looking out you are even able to see where the two oceans meet!
TE PAKI SAND DUNES
A Trip to Northland is not complete without visiting Te Paki Sand Dunes for some serious cardio work up the dunes, and epic speeds & laughs on the way back down!
You can hire Sand-boards from many places sign posted along the main road, or once you turn down towards the dunes there is one last place so you don’t miss out!
$15 a board, and you just hand over a licence or passport as a bond whilst you get amongst these giant dunes.
No time limit, so you truly could have hours of fun here – just depends on how many times you can brave the run/walk back up the top to slide down again.
On the way home from exploring we popped into Rarawa Beach for a little slice of Northland Paradise.
Pristine perfectly WHITE sand , incredibly smooth and if you scuff your feet along the soft sand it even SQUEAKS! The beach gets it white colour & squeak due to the high percentage of pure silica sand.
The best part about this beach is not many people know about it, so its likely you will only see one or two other people , and a strong possibility of it just being you!
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