We awoke in Forest Pools to sunshine so we made a quick breakfast of scrambled eggs and crumpets (the British version of an English Muffin) and hit the road. As we ventured further north, we seemed to be the only ones traveling along the beautiful coastal route. Every switchback revealed gorgeous ocean views and, unable to pass up a chance to WOLO, we dug out our bikinis, parked Blue Rhino, and took a morning dip in Te Ngarere Bay’s inviting waters.
After our saltwater “bath”, we headed for the Mahinepua (ma hee-nee poo-ah) Peninsular Track (peninsular = peninsula and tracks = trails). We started the supposed “best scenic track in Northland” under overcast skies but by the time we reached the peninsular point there were bays and islands bathed in sunlight for as far as the eye could see! The track offered an additional bonus: a private cove for swimming, which, of course, we took full advantage of on our way out.
We decided the rest of our day would best be spent relaxing on the beach enjoying some New Zealand lagers; hence our choice to stop at the DOC’s Maitai Bay Campground. The campground offered access to twin bays, Maitai and Merita, so we could not lose. We watched a brilliant sunset from Maitai Bay before returning to Blue Rhino to plan the next day’s adventure. Next stop: Cape Reinga
– Go. Change your state of mind.