We arrived in Auckland, New Zealand this past Friday. Our first afternoon was consumed with logistics. Getting from the airport to the van rental place, going over our new groovy mobile with the rental company, getting groceries, unpacking and finally finding a place to camp for the night…..not too exciting but necessary.
The next morning we started making our way North along the East Coast. Our first stop was Shakespear Regional Park. It is just outside Auckland, and from one of the bays you can see the city off in the distance.
From the top of the of the park we were also able to get this cool shot of Cathy.
One of the things we have noticed about driving this coastline is the rock spires out in the ocean. There are many of them along this beautiful coast, and during low tide I was able to snap this pic.
We ended up spending the night at a campground in Sandspit. As we checked into the campground we were hit with a rude awaking……it is summer here and everyone is off for the holidays…..the campgrounds are packed! Luckily they had a little piece of grass for us, and it all worked out for the night. The next morning we went for a hike at Ti Point to check out a climbing area. It had rained the night before, so we ended up getting pretty muddy and wet, but we did find the crag right on the water. Unfortunately, everything was wet, the tide was high so you couldn’t get to half the climbs…..and I’ll be honest….some of the bolts looked a little manky!
We left Ti Point and headed for Goat Island to check out the some of the local snorkeling. It just wasn’t our day, because the weather was starting to roll in. It looked like a really cool place to hang out, but….another time.
After Goat Island we made our way to Langs Beach. We have friends, Glen and Cherie, who use to live in Oxford, MD (near my mom and step-dad) who have since moved back to New Zealand and were spending their holidays with all their friends and family. We would like to say a huge thanks to Glen, Cherie, Mark, Mary, and all their family for hosting us……we had an awesome time! Mark and Mary’s house sits on a hill looking over the Langs Beach…….and the view is impressive to say the least.
While we were there I also gave boogy boarding a shot…….lets just say I need a little more practice. I think out of all the waves I tried to catch….I was 2 for 40!
Today is New Years Eve here in New Zealand, and we started the day by making our way further North. We made our way along the coastline of the Bay of Islands, and ended up in Russel. Looking at our pictures from the day, we only got one really good one, unfortunately,……we promise to never let that happen again!
All is good from this side of the world. We just checked into the campground in Kerikeri. No big night for us…..both of us are pretty tired from the drive today, so Cathy is making a great dinner, followed by a movie on the laptop, then an early night…..maybe we are getting old……nah! We want to wish everyone out there a safe and Happy New Year…see everyone in 2013!