Last November we did our second trip up North of NZ, the first with B. it was a four day, three night trip just so that B could get his time to relax. beaches, water, picturesque surroundings, you can never get tired of seeing beauty!
Enroute to our bach in Mangonui. we did a stop at Goat Island, New Zealand’s first and most accessible marine reserve and an amazing spot for snorkelling and diving.
Then we headed to Paihia beach for some late lunch, sun and beach fun! by dinner time we were at our bach in Mangonui. i must add, the bach M booked was soo not our style, with the toilet being outside in the carport! plus we had a few ‘light’ issues to deal with in the beginning. and i totally refused to go to a dark dodgy toilet outside the house at 8.30pm! but once all that was fixed, we actually had a lovely time there. it had a shelf full of kids’ books that B enjoyed, cards, board games which again B played with, in his way!
Enroute to Cape Reinga, the north end of New Zealand. to quote Wikipedia, ‘ it is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand’. here, you can see the separation of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. we got a beautiful day with clear skies, giving us spectacular views. by late afternoon we headed for the sand dunes. the 5-10 secs of thrill you get sand-boarding down the huge dunes is worth the exhausting walk up!
The 90 mile beach was our last stop for the day. however this is a misnomer because it is actually 55 miles (90 km) long. a long stretch of sand with roaring water on other side. since it had just rained then, we couldn’t do much besides B jumping in all the numerous water puddles!
Started off lazily, plans were to just explore Mangonui village today. so after a rather long breakfast we first headed to Mount Mangonui. climb to the Mount Mangonui summit for unrestricted breathtaking views of this seaside town.
Lunch was the famous Mangonui Fish and Chips. personally i am not a fan of fish and chips so have no idea what the hype was all about but M and mama-mami enjoyed. hmm so maybe it is worth the hype! the rest of the evening we spent at Coopers Beach, till the high tide forced us to leave. dinner was at Indian Spice. rated 4.5 stars and ranked #1 of 9 restaurants there, this is MUST MUST try. the authentic flavours, relaxing ambience and friendly staff made our evening so enjoyable. its sad such a great restaurant is so far for a regular weekend’s dinner.
On route to Auckland. stopped at Paihia Beach again for some Latin Mexican Lunch at El Cafe. try it if you go there. good portions and decent taste. B finished a large milkshake all by himself, which says a lot! was home by late evening, a bit tired yet totally relaxed!