Northland Road Trip

by nmj17

Friday, 14/11/14
Picked up car at 12pm. Drove back to Claybrook Road to pick up bags, food, and pillow. Went to i-SITE (a site where tourists can just stop by to ask questions about the area of to make bookings for tours etc) to ask for a GPS system but realised that I can just read a map and if I really need a GPS, I can just use my phone. Then passed by Dairy Flats, then drove all the way to Whangarei. Reached Wellsford at 3pm, Paihia beach at 6pm.

Saturday, 15/11/14
Tried to sleep somewhere at 12:30am. Reached Manganui at 1:30am. Washed up at Coopers Beach and decided to drive all the way to Cape Reinga. Reached Cape Reinga at 4am. Visited lighthouse at 8am, hiked at Te Werahi Beach from 9-11am. Took a nap from 11-12pm. Stopped by Topotupotu Bay at 12-1pm. Drove down to Awanui at 3pm and met Dominic on the way there. Reached Mangawaka at 4pm, Opononi at 6pm, Arai Te Uru at 7pm. Reached Waipoua Forest and visited Tane Mahuta at 7:40pm and drove all the way down in rain and fog to reach Dargaville at 9pm. Tried to look for places to sleep, decided to take the highway to the next town and saw that there is a resting place and stopped there. It was near Ruawai already 11pm when I tried to sleep.

Sunday, 16/11/14
It was raining heavily and it was cold I couldn’t sleep well. Was awoken a couple of times and then realised that the rain has stopped, the skies have cleared and the stars and moon can be seen. Drifted back in and out of sleep and woke up at 6am. Had breakfast and tried to figure out where to go next. Washed up at Maungituroto at 8:30am. Hiked at Dome Forest from 9:15 -11:15am, and then stopped at Orewa Beach and stayed there until 7. Then went to Takapuna Beach and stayed there till 8pm.

A flatmate was still up when I got back home at 1am in the morning. It was nice to talk to her for a while before taking a long shower, and going to sleep in my warm, comfortable bed.