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Trip to Cape Reinga


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The first part of my journey in New Zealand, after having taken a deserved rest in Auckland for a few days, was to go North to the most northern point of New Zealand, Cape Reinga, where the Tasman sea meets the Pacific ocean. We decided then with a few friends to rent a car for 3 days and also take the opportunity to visit a few places on the way.

The landscape was indeed really scenic, as we expected, and the first interesting stop was to explore some dark caves and admire the famous glow-worms of New Zealand.

"In New Zealand and Australia, glow-worms are the larvae (maggots) of a special kind of fly known as a fungus gnat. Fungus gnats look rather like mosquitoes, and most feed on mushrooms and other fungi. However, a small group of fungus gnats are carnivores, and the worm-like larvae of these species use their glowing lights to attract small flying insects into a snare of sticky threads."

When switching off all our lights, the cave suddenly turns into an amazing sky filled with millions of stars. Truly spectacular.

Daniela and Ben enjoying climbing in the cave

Daniela and Ben enjoying climbing in the cave


Glowworms in the dark...

Glowworms in the dark...


This time with the reflection of the water running in the cave

This time with the reflection of the water running in the cave

We then carried on to the Bay of Islands, one of the very touristic places in New Zealand and spent the night in Pahia, while admiring the nice bay. The next day, still carrying north and after having picked up other people, we stopped several times along the way to enjoy waterfalls, beaches, sand dunes and to finally reach Cape Reinga and its famous lighthouse at the end of the day (see pictures below).

The way back the next day was less spectacular as we had a lot of road to cover but I could definitely had a first taste of what New Zealand is during those 3 days. And not a bad one!... :)

Reflections on Mataury Bay beach

Reflections on Mataury Bay beach


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The New Zealand fern

The New Zealand fern


Sandboarding on the Te Paki sand dunes, really fun!

Sandboarding on the Te Paki sand dunes, really fun!


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My companions for this short adventure

My companions for this short adventure


Finally, the lighthouse of Cape Reinga!

Finally, the lighthouse of Cape Reinga!


Bay next to Cape Reinga

Bay next to Cape Reinga


Another sunset... <img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

Another sunset... :)


London... quite far away!

London... quite far away!


The trip wouldn't have been complete without a jump picture! <img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_wink.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=';)' title='' />

The trip wouldn't have been complete without a jump picture! ;)


One of the biggest Kauri trees, the native tree in New Zealand

One of the biggest Kauri trees, the native tree in New Zealand


Kiwis ahead...

Kiwis ahead...

Posted by manolo84 15:03 Archived in New Zealand Tagged beaches trees caves english dunes Comments (0)

Huacachina, a fun oasis


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Following my adventures in cold Huaraz, I decided to renew with the sun and warmth by doing a pit stop in the Peruvian desert, in Huacachina.

Located in the south of Lima, Huacachina is a little village near Ica, and has the particularity of being built around an oasis in the middle of the desert. Needless to say that there are not much to do there, not even a vibrating night-life, but tour agencies offer fun buggy tours in the sand dunes, as well as offering to practice sandboarding. So no need to stay more than 2 or 3 days, but Huacachina is the perfect place to have a bit of fun in the sand and relax with a cold beer whilst enjoying the amazing sunsets.

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Unfortunately for some people, locals and tourists, the desert is also a huge waste... <img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_sad.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':(' title='' />

Unfortunately for some people, locals and tourists, the desert is also a huge waste... :(


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Posted by manolo84 00:19 Archived in Peru Tagged oasis desert sand english dunes Comments (0)

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