The Amazing Northland

Hey all,

Are you thinking about where to spend the weekend? Then I have some cool opportunities for those of you who haven’t been to Northland of New Zealand. I am really grateful having had an amazing time up there last weekend.

So lean back and get inspired.

Luckely I was able to go on a five-day-trip through the amazing Northland of New Zealand with my friend Maria, who is currently studying at the Auckland University.

The most exciting thing about the trip was that we decided to hitch-hike in order to save money and get to know some locals.

Starting at Friday morning a little bit outside of Auckland at the on-ramp to

the motorway 1 up north. Without having any experience in hitch-hiking we hoped to be lucky and with the help of four different friendly kiwis we made our first stop in Whangarei, where we explored the Abbey Caves on our own.

Next morning we continued our trip to Paihia where we stopped and enjoyed a coffee in small, sunny cafe towards the Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa. In Paihia we used the free bikes of our hostel to get to Waitangi and enjoyed a free view at the Treaty Grounds. On our exhausting way back to the hostel we stopped at the really impressive Haururu-Falls.

In the afternoon we went to Russel (the former capital of New Zealand) by taking a ferry while having the typical kiwi Ice Cream: Hokey Pokey! Arriving there we visited the oldest church of New Zealand, followed by climbing a hill, where we had a spectacular sunset view over the Bay of Islands.

We ended our day by eating a bowl of Kumara Chips with sour cream recommended by one of our lifts at the Crusty Crab in Russel – absolutely delicious.

Next day we started again early to join a coast cruise to the famous Hole in

the Rock  and luckily we were able to see some dolphins, as well. In the afternoon a retired pilot and his wife gave us a private guided tour through the orange orchards in Kerikeri and the oldest stone building of New Zealand. Afterwards we tried to find the Rivertrack to the Rainbow Falls and funny was end up being on a golf course.

The last two hours of daylight we spend cruising over Mangounui and the Doubtless Bay to our accommodation in Kaitaia. Such a funny, sunny day!

On Monday we did the amazing tour to Cape Reinga including a beach cruise at the ninety mile beach, getting full-day entertainment program by our funny local tour guide and swimming at the most awesome beaches we have seen so far.

In the evening we enjoyed another beautiful sunset while swimming in the Tasman Sea at the beginning of the Ninety Mile Beach in Ahipara.

The last day we made our way back to Auckland by hitch-hiking down the West coast, which was really hard in the beginning of the day but became easier in Omapere, where a nice guy picked us up and dropped us off close to Auckland.

I hope you got a good impression what you can experience in the beautiful Northland. And if you don’t feel like hitch-hiking, check-out the cool bus tour of Stray Travel, who offer almost the same trip as we did.

See you next week at the PuB Night!

Cheers, Caroline

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