Are you for a bit of wandering around the Far North? Let me take you on a trip! Last weekend was the perfect opportunity to open the camping season. We had a few days off, tent was ready, weather forecast wasn’t so good but, of course, it didn’t stop us.
Our first stop was Whangarei, a nice town hundred and something kilometers north of Auckland. Here we spent our first night under the stars and it just reminded me how much I love camping! There are some free camping spots but even if you need to pay for it, it is really cheap, under 10$. To make your traveling a bit easier you can find all the information about the camping sites via the free travel app called CamperMate.
It was pretty obvious that while visiting New Zealand spending time outdoors, surrounded with the magnificent nature, will be our favorite thing to do and it was during this short trip too. While walking through the woods, over the bridge all the way to the Whangarei Falls the only thing we could hear was the song from the birds, sound of the water and rustle of the leaves under the feet. It was the best music ever…
Our second day on the road was the day when the rain didn’t stop for a minute. We are almost five months in NZ and it never rained that much. After a few hours of driving we arrived to our next stop for the night. Camping area just under the Cape Reinga is one of the most beautiful camping spots I’ve ever seen. Sun rays and the rhythm of the ocean woke us up in the morning. We couldn’t ask for more…
Cape Reinga is the place from where adventurers start their Te Araroa venture, 3000 km long walking trail that goes from here all the way to the Bluff in the South. Here Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean and you can really see the swirl of currents. It was a great feeling to stay there, at the end, where the only thing you see is the huge blue vastness. This cape is not quite the northernmost point of New Zealand, Northern Cape has that title but it is not open for public so we couldn’t go there.
Sand-boarding on Te Paki Sand Dunes was something we really wanted to try and this was the perfect chance to do it because those giant piles of sand are close to the Cape Reinga! You can’t even imagine how huge those dunes are, it was like in the middle of Sahara. You can bring you own board or you can rent it for 10$/hour. Ohhh we enjoyed it so much! It is a bit hard to climb up to the top of the dunes but once you slide down you just have to climb up and do it again!
Last stop before heading back home was Ninety Mile Beach. Beaches in New Zealand are really something special and I’m telling you, this one looks like it doesn’t end! It is actually “just” 55 miles long and it is officially a highway but it is suitable only for 4W vehicles. One day I’ll definitely take a ride but this time one happy jump is more than enough…
8 thoughts on “Under the stars and near the sea: Camping in the Far North”
Looks absolutely stunning.
And it really is! 🙂
What a great collection of views! I love the lighthouse ones especially. New Zealand is certainly a great place for diversity of experiences. A beautiful country indeed.
Thank you Jane! Traveling around New Zealand is definitely a great experience, you can never know what you will encounter next.