We left early on Tuesday morning, and headed straight for the northernmost accessible point, Cape Reinga. It was another very windy day, not particularly good for outdoor excursions, but the views were spectacular and we had brief glimpses of the massive sand dunes on Ninety Mile Beach.
The cape itself, although sunny, was windy and very busy so we didn't stay for too long - enough time for a 5 minute walk to the lighthouse and some team photos. In the second photo, the northernmost end of Ninety Mile Beach lies behind the huge sand dunes.
Plenty of cabbage trees, or Ti kouka (Cordyline australis), around! We have one of these in our garden - it's about 7 or 8 metres high, and is in full flower at the moment. I'll try and take a photo of it to post some time soon, before the flowers are gone.
Another view of the waves breaking on Te Werahi Beach ...
... before we returned to the very pleasant Pukenui Holiday Park on the shores of the Houhora Harbour, where we spent the next two nights. The girls, of course, had the inevitable "discussion" about who was going to sleep where ending up, as usual, with Gill and me making the decision, to prevent blood being shed!