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Walking along the beach to Paihia there's a good view of the Bay
of Islands, looking towards Opua.
The gang's gathered on the northerliest point of NZ's North Island.
Cape Reinga lighthouse is in the background, and a sign to Vancouver (11
434 km) points to where we came from.
BJ's scrumming with one of the local rugby players. He's somewhat
of a brute, but luckily isn't very fleet of foot.
This far south in the southern hemisphere the force of gravity
is no longer perpendicular to the land.
Cape Reinga has great sand dunes, perfect for sliding down. Also
a wicked aerobic workout to get to the top.
Wearing shorts & t-shirt is fine, but sand doesn't melt out
of one's knickers.
Here's the northern start of 90-Mile Beach, which is actually closer
to 90 km long. Vehicles drive on it and the speed limit is posted as 100
km/h. If you slow down you can sink into the sand.
Kai, Robin, & Cheryl take a break on a 40 000 year-old piece
of Kauri wood. Many well-preserved old logs have been recovered from swampy
Santos kindly showed me some beautiful rolling green hills, cool
streams, and low-hanging tree branches.
Near Kerikeri we tramped out to this scenic waterfall.
All is not touristy. Here Barb enjoys resealing one of our last
two leaky windows.
We see here a recreation of a Gumdigger's hut. Kauri gum (similar
to amber) was extensively dug until ~1930s. Note the gumboots on the left;
gumfields were often very swampy.
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