Wednesday morning took us to the most Northerly point of New Zealand to Cape Reinga. Although it was still sunny the wind had built up and clouds were starting to form but that didn't stop us from walking down to the lighthouse and having some photographs with the signpost pole which told us we were 11'400 miles away from home. That's quite far!!
It is at this point where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean and it was quite clear to see, with two currents and two set of waves heading for each other and crashing together in the middle. It was very interesting to watch.
After about an hour we jumped back in the van and drove back down the main road, stopping a couple of times along the way. Our first stop was at the most Northerly access point for Ninety Mile Beach, where cars can drive on or off the beach. We parked on the beach and had lunch whilst watching the waves break onto the shore and then we had a little play in the water (but too cold for a swim) before continuing on.
Our next stop was at some huge sand dunes, where you could hire a board and sand surf if you wanted to. We opted to climb them instead, which was very hard work but thoroughly rewarding once we reached the top. The sand was lovely and warm under our feet and we could see the Sea to the West and nothing but sand and trees everywhere else.
We stopped once more to say goodbye to the longest beach I have ever seen before taking the highway down the West coast, heading towards a little village called Rawhene, where we boarded another little ferry to cross the estuary to the village. Here we stayed the night in a campsite, which had stunning views overlooking the harbour, with a few people we had been following around for the last few hours. The sunset was one of the best we had seen so far and it was a lovely end to a good day.