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10/30   Right is Left
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12/01   Abel Tasman National Park
12/02   Rawhiti Cave
12/03   Mount Robert
12/04   Glaciers
12/05   Mount Aspiring
12/06   Milford Sound
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12/11   Mount Cook
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Cape Reinga

2016-11-04

tl;dr: I have biked as far north as I can bike in New Zealand.

I got out of the avocado grove early. The avocados weren't quite ripe, so I didn't expect anybody to show up to pick them, but best to just be gone.

Today I am biking the Pukenui Twin Coasts. I don't know how to pronounce it, either.

I stopped for breakfast in Houhora. The restaurant was supposed to open at "8 or 8:30". It didn't. So I bought an egg, cheese and bacon pie at the Foursquare. Holy cow, was that ever good! I bought another.

I only filled up two of my water bottles, because water has proved to be easy to come by.

Oh look, more turkeys. I've never seen so many turkeys.

Water up here is not easy to come by. I found a tap on the side of a church and filled a bottle. Spew! I thought I had poisoned myself. That water tasted like it came from a sewer.

A bit down the road was an ice cream store. I asked about filling up water bottles. Nope. It turns out their water is no good. I got the impression that all the sheep and cattle farming polluted the water table with manure runoff. They had bottled water, but it was crazy expensive. I skipped that and just went thirsty for a while longer.

About 20 kilometers shy of Cape Reinga, I met a guy named Garvin. He's from Ireland. He had ridden up on the beach. I had seen the trail on my map but didn't think a bicycle could handle it. His tires were more narrow than mine, and he rode the beach fine. I decided I would return south via the beach. Garvin also begged water from the gift shop. There would be water at Cape Reinga, so I could have waited, but whatever.

Up to the cape. And up it was. Those were some serious climbs at the end.

Cape Reinga isn't as far north as New Zealand extends, but it is as far north as the average person can attain. The rest of the land is protected.

I backtracked far enough south to get on the beach, but because the sun was setting I opted to camp inland in a sheep pasture. I think this is the first time I've camped legit in New Zealand.

Rangaunu Bay


This pie is amazing.


Henderson Bay? What kind of name is that?


Even so, you need a permit to light a fire.






more clear cutting


sheep


turkeys


These paradise shelducks are hard to photograph even though they are everywhere.


I jacked up the contrast, but in person this mud is a rainbow of colors.


big birds






Cape Reinga lighthouse


10479 km to Los Angeles


from Cape Reinga




looking south


camping with sheep

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