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Dec 17
2014

Reign Over The Rain

Only 3 days ago I wrote and I already have so many new things to share. This time I'll try to keep it short (after completing this post I can definitely say I failed keeping it short). On Monday we took our Nissan Tiida and finally left Auckland. The rain came with us to the north. The first stop was Whangarei Falls ("wh" is pronounced as "f") . We stayed at the BBH/YHA backpackers hostel which was OK but could have been better. We hoped to mingle with some other travelers but the shared spaces was not that fun to hangout in. On the same day we went to see the falls even though it was raining. The walk to the viewpoint was 1 minute, but we decided to go for the 45 minutes walk and see how we manage to travel with our equipment in the rain.

Whangarei Falls Whangarei Falls

Whangarei Falls

Well, there was nothing special to see beyond the falls. I guess that with better weather we probably could enjoyed it much more. Also the pics from that day were not that good, but I wasn't gonna miss my favorite long exposure shot of the falls. Nice try for the rainproof gear. The forecast predicted rain for the next week so we decided to move on to the north just in case the rain will stop for few hours. We stopped at KeriKeri at "Hazula Shel Shimon" to leave our stuff for the rest of the day.
Hazula Shel Shimon Hazula Shel Shimon

I have to recommend it. It's not a fancy room but for Israelis it is a good place to get some information and meet some other Israelis, plus, Shimon was very helpfull and kind and the price was the chipest I found so far. We got free sand boards just in case there is no rain in the north and we will do some sandboarding on the massive dunes. Then we set off to Cape Reinga, the northern point in New Zealand, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea. 3 hours drive from KeriKeri in the fog and rain ended up in the parking lot of Cape Reinga. We thought we're going to see nothing but after a 2 minutes walk we descended below the clouds and the view was beautiful. The light house only adds to the sight of the two seas merging into one. That summed up the day.
Cape Reinga Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga Cape Reinga

Wednesday morning wasn't promising, thunder storm was heading to our region, so Bay Of Islands attractions were out of the question. We waited for our stuff to get dry after washing them from our "soap" accident. The dish soap bottle had blown up yesterday and all the of trunk was full of soap. Tip #1 buy boxes for your stuff as soon as you get the car. Heading back south, we decided to stop again in Whangarei Falls just in case the weather will be better. Just when we got out of the car the rain started again, but a few minutes after we saw the first sun light in our trip. Half an hour later the sky turned blue and people with swinsuits passed us by. Great decision to stop there again.
Whangarei Falls Whangarei Falls

Whangarei Falls

On the way to Thames we stopped a few more times to take some pictures. The sun brings more color and everything looks better.
On The Way To Thames On The Way To Thames

On The Way To Thames On The Way To Thames

On The Way To Thames On The Way To Thames

On The Way To Thames On The Way To Thames

Finally we arrived to Thames. Suzanne welcomed us at her amazing house. Oh man, I'm so happy I chose this AirBNB. Huge room with absolutely amazing view and a lovely host. That's the difference in this trip from the one to South America, back than we had more time but the budget was limited, today our time frame is shorter but we can afford to spoil ourselves. Can't say that on the sweets though, back then I didn't buy every garbage cake because it was expensive, today I'm avoiding it because of the calories. We're going to stay here for the next 2 days and explore what Thames has to offer.