Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Pukenui in the Far North

We left Ahipara this morning for a camping spot in Pukenui (photos below), crossing the narrow peninsula from west coast Tasman Sea to east coast Pacific. The last couple weeks of mid-70s weather has shifted to clear and cooler mid-60s, lending a clarity to sky and water.

Tomorrow we'll take the Rover and head north to Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua, at the top of NZ. 

Via NZ Department of Conservation...
For Māori, Cape Reinga is the most spiritually significant place in New Zealand. An ancient pohutukawa tree and a lonely lighthouse mark this special place.  It is here that after death, all Māori spirits travel up the coast and over the wind-swept vista to the pohutukawa tree on the headland of Te Rerenga Wairua. 

Here's the map (click here if you can't view):

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