Hiking the Mahinepua Penisular

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. 

“our dreams, they are made out of real things…”

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.

“why are we here and where do we go…”

“all of these moments just might find their way into my dreams tonight…”

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

“…not so many things we got to do, or places we got to be…”

“memories, they look so pretty when I sleep…”

“there is no combination of words I could say…”


Go.  Change your state of mind.

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