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Sera in New Zealand: Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile beach

Cape Reinga

The Historic Cape Reinga Lighthouse built in 1941 marks the extreme north-western point of New Zealand. Take a day for this outing, book an organized tour along 90 mile beach to Cape Reinga and the Lighthouse, toboggan down giant sand dunes on the way, or experience the isolation and the widerness with the drive along 90 mile beach, travel alongside Auporuri forest, which runs parallel to Ninety Mile Beach. Enjoy the walkway from the carpark to where the Lighthouse perches atop a steep headland looking out to where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet.

 

The meeting point

 

The Lighthouse

Ninety Mile Beach

Ninety-Mile Beach is the fabled strip of sand that stretches from Ahipara to Scott  Point, five kilometres south of Cape Maria van Diemen. Truth be told, it is actually 88 kilometres long.
 

Ninety-Mile Beach is officially a highway, but is really only suitable for 4WD vehicles and is safe to drive only at specific times of the tides. Rental companies won’t allow their cars on the sand, mostly for safety reasons. The easy way to drive along the beach is to catch a coach tour from Kaitaia. If you are short of time in Northland and staying in the Bay of Islands, coach tours and scenic flights up to Cape Reinga depart from Paihia daily.

 
 
 
Beach activities range from surfcasting and swimming to bodyboarding down the sand dunes. A special treat is digging for tuatua (a native shellfish) in the sand at low tide. Flanking the beach is the Aupouri Forest, which provides a green escape from the hot sun.



Once a year in late February or early March, 90 Mile Beach hosts a five day fishing competition. Hundreds of anglers surf cast from the beach hoping to catch the biggest snapper, a delicious white-flesh fish found in New Zealand waters.

Here it is common to see wild horses on the beach and around in the countryside.

Sera in New Zealand: Opononi

Discovering Opononi

Opononi and its twin settlement Omapere provide a slice of beachside living in the heart of the Hokianga Harbour. You’ll find a choice of places to stay, from motels and resort-style beachfront units to private holiday cottages that can be rented for almost any duration.

Must do in Opononi

Opononi offers you a white sand beach stretches all the way to Opononi Wharf, where you can catch a water taxi to the giant sand dunes on the other side of the harbour. Dune surfing on boogie boards is a thrill that leaves you sandy but extremely satisfied.

If you like fishing, fishing trips can also be arranged at the wharf.

Arriving in Opononi

 









Did you know? Opononi was made famous in the mid 1950s by the tame dolphin Opo, who used to let children ride on his back.

 


Go back to the starting of my trip in New Zealand here:

Sera in New Zealand: Maori’s Art & Culture

MAORI ART

The principal traditional arts of the Maori may be broadly classified as carving in wood, stone, or bone, geometrical designs in plaiting and weaving, painted designs on wood and on the walls of rock shelters, and, finally, tattooing. It is the habit of ethnologists to study Maori art as if it had come to an abrupt end on the arrival of the European settlers in New Zealand and to regard post-European work as being of little importance.

It is necessary to point out, however, that the major forms of Maori art have never died out and that there is a continuous tradition from pre-European times to the present day. It is true that tattooing is no longer practised and that little stoneworking has been done by Maoris in the past 50 years.

But it is probable that more major carved houses have been built in the last 30 years than in any like time in Maori history. Many of the present-day carvers are descended from families which have produced outstanding carvers for centuries. Modern life has caused many changes, but all arts must develop if they are to live.

Tattoos

Today, people in NZ still use covering their body (sometimes the whole body) with tattoos.

 

 

 

MAORI CULTURE

Did you know why, in New Zealand, it is common to see barefoot people? This happens also outside and in the public spots, and the reason is that Maoris still think that the land is « the mother » and want to keep the contact of their body with her.

at the supermarket

MAORI LANGUAGE

I think that Maori language is very funny. As a passionate about foreign languages, I couldn’t resist to share with you some extracts of a common Maori language

Hello! > Kia Ora!

Welcome! > mai!

My name is > toku ingoa

What’s your name? > he aha te tou ingoa?

How are you? > pehea e koe?

Which country are you from? > qui whenua ko koutou i

Yes > Ae

No > Kahore

Thank you! > Mauruuru koe!

See you soon > Kite wawe ia koe

Have a nice day! > A ani i te ra pai!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go back to the starting of my trip in New Zealand here