31/5/09 13 °C
We woke up early (!) for our 8.30am pick up from the campground. Luckily, our driver was beyond hilarious and kept us in stitches for the entire day. We all boarded our luxury 1980s tour bus complete with Korean lettering plastered all over and headed off to pick up the rest of our group. Our first stop of the day was the Kauri Kingdom. Kauri trees are these giant trees that have been found perfectly preserved from hundreds and thousands of years ago and made into beautiful different things including a staircase that we wandered up and down.
We then headed out onto Highway 1 & 90 Mile Beach (which is actually part of the highway) and did a leisurely 100km down the beach stopping here and there for some picture perfect moments. We also drove through another freak rainstorm and popped out into brilliant sunshine. The next stop was the sand dunes where we partook in some sand tobogganing. To get to the sand dunes though we had to travel up a stream that was fun and muddy at the same time! As for the sand tobogganing, for Chrissy it resembled many of her trips snowboarding (serious wipeouts sans trees) while Tom had a minor wipeout. Our clothes now full of sand, we made our way back to the bus where we headed off to Cape Reigna.
The Maoris regard Cape Reigna as the departing point for spirits to their spiritual homeland in Hawaii. It is also the meeting point for the Tasman and Pacific Oceans resulting in some interesting weather conditions. Including but not limited to freak rain storms which resulted in the two of us drenched on one half of our bodies from the sideways rain and brilliant sunshine. No one ever said the weather was predictable! We then headed to a beach, which claimed the whitest sands, and the gum diggers park where we saw the remains of preserved kauri tree.
With one last stop at the Kauri Kingdom to get the buses washed which proved more entertaining than not, we headed back to the campground. We rounded out the day be watching a movie on television and heading to bed.