Today was absolutely epic!
We had an early start for our day trip to Cape Reinga. Our bus driver today was called Barry, an extremely energetic guy for 7am!! But turned out to be an absolute hero!
Our first stop of the day (not including the Bakery stop) was at a forest where you can see some of the largest trees in New Zealand, still early and a bit chilly but pretty nonetheless.
Next up was Cape Reinga, the most northern part of New Zealand, this is where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman sea, which is surreal. We got some really good photos up there and took in all the views, a really stunning place.
Then we headed down the east coast to a beach where most people just sat and socialised, me and the boys got stuck in and went straight into the ocean! The waves were huge and kept getting pushed over by them, great fun! Barry did say before hand not to go too deep as he said "I've had to perform CPR on this beach twice before and have a 0% success rate, don't rely on me" Legend!
After the beach we headed to the sand dunes for some sand boarding which was exhilarating! Got injured a few times and covered in sand but this was one for the thrill seekers which we definitely were.
After that we drove the bus along the highway on 90 Mile Beach! I think this is the only official road in the world that is on a beach, bumpy but again very surreal.
Once back onto the main road we went to a fish and chips shop and headed back to the hostel which was a 2 hour drive.
Once back we all hopped in the hostel jacuzzi and met a Canadian-French guy and also the two new people in our room called Martin and Jenny who were a couple travelling. Those 2, us and Magnus all played the drinking game ring of fire, which was a laugh as Magnus, being Swedish, wasn't exactly quick with the rules - one being "thumb master" to which I quote him as "I thought thumb master was where you put your thumb up someone's arse?!" I couldn't stop laughing!
All in all it was a fantastic day.