Day 4 Cape Reinaga
23.02.2013 - 23.02.2013 23 °C
Te Rerenga Waiwura - Cape Reinaga - Atua Peruperu -Maria van Dieman Cove
Full day trip to the northernmost tip of NZ. The meeting of the Tasman and Pacific. Place of great spiritual significance to the Maori as the point at which the spirits of the dead wave goodbye to NZ and begin their journey back to Hawiiki. (Somewhere near theTahitians Islands from where it is believed the Maori came).
Picnic lunch on an isolated beach and then down through the reserve into Te Paki stream, past the massive sand dunes and out onto ninety mile beach. Beach is actually only 90 kilometre long but at low tide makes a pretty good highway. Steady 85 kph except at creek crossings we started directly offshore from Sydney and worked our way south much more comfortably than through the inland hills and valleys. A surprise at the exit at Waipapakauri Ramp where one of the tourist buses was sand bogged to the gunnels - a bit of excitement and the saviour was a Massey Ferguson tractor. Interesting being in a 52 seater bus (not 4 wheel drive) and driving down a sand based waterway and then onto the beach. People on sleds sliding down the huge sand dunes. A 10 hour adventure and while the other Marshalls dine out we have had a spa and are having a snack and beer at the bar.