THE FAR NORTH

 

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The starting point in New Zealand for the project is of course Cape Reinga. For us though nothing like the post cards. Rain, heavy mist and a very strong wind greeted us. Most unusual and un-seasonal. Nothing from us photo wise but the formidable entrance to the walk to the famous lighthouse. A picture from the internet gives the full beauty that awaits most tourists.

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Following getting wet, we then proceeded to Tapotutoto Beach and then on to Spirits Bay. Both worth aH:\DCIM\103_FUJI\DSCF3210.JPG visit and RV’s are allowed to stay over.

White sand at Tapotutoto and pink shell grit at Spirits Bay. There is a walk at Spirits Bay that can be taken to the Surville Cliffs’ that are the most northern tip of NZ.

 

 

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Further south there is the Houhora Inlet. A small and attractive seaside town that houses the Houhoro Hotel.

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Just before arriving at Kaitaia, there is a new monument dedicated to the Waipapakauri Airfield.H:\DCIM\103_FUJI\DSCF3227.JPG  H:\DCIM\103_FUJI\DSCF3231.JPG

Waipapakauri was the most northerly forward operational airfield in NZ during WWII, located some 8 miles north of Kaitaia. One of the first operations from this airfield was in 1940, by a flight of 3 Vincents, which joined the hunt for the German surface raider 'Orion' which had laid mines at the entrance to Auckland Harbour.

 

 

 

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Cafe   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens