Sunday, January 27, 2013

Cape Reinga

We left Whangarei and traveled to a small town called Kaitaia and then traveled north to Cape Reinga.  This is the most northern tip of New Zealand.  Last Christmas we traveled to Bluff which is the most southern tip of New Zealand.  Cape Reinga is the meeting point of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean.  On a clear day you can see the two oceans collide together.  However, it was too foggy for us to even see the ocean.

Cape Reinga is a place of great spiritual significance to the Maori.  According to tradition after travelling up Ninety Mile Beach the spirits of the departed leap from a tree clinging to the cape and return to their ancestral homeland of Hawaiki.

Notice how Los Angeles and the South Pole are in opposite directions.

We hiked down a little to try to see the ocean but this is the best shot we could  photograph.

December 26, 2012

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