Northland: Paihia, Russell, & Cape Rienga

Sandboarding at Cape Reinga
Sandboarding at Cape Reinga

We just got to Auckland and we’re leaving!  The way Kiwi’s talk, Northland sounds like the Florida of New Zealand. It’s always warm(er) and locals and tourists alike flock there for the beautiful beaches and to get out on the water. On the North Island, a beach home is called a “bach” and although I’ve seen very nice ones, traditionally they were simple accommodations, often without running water or electricity.

Cape Rienga is known as the northernmost point of the country, and is where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean collide. I was picturing massive waves hurling into each other so was a bit disappointed to see whitecaps at their meeting point. Still worth a visit as the walk around the point and lighthouse are beautiful and sandboarding nearby will really get your heart rate up.

Dates: 12-17 Jan 2014
Travel with: Allen
Weather: gorgeous! a little overcast some days & windier than expected. 60s-70s
Accommodation: 8-man dorm at pipi’s patch base hostel

  • day trip with sandboarding to cape reinga;
  • waitangi treat grounds;
  • russell-long beach; Christ Church; Pompellier Catholic Mission


  • bbq at pipi patch hostel;
  • fish and chips in manganui;
  • drinks @ shippeys;
  • morning coffee & wifi @ el cafe

Comments:next time in northland get to KeriKeri (vineyard, makana confections, aroha island, etc.)


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