The giant Te Pake sand dunes
The giant Te Pake sand dunes are a 10-minute drive from the Cape Ring lighthouse, the northernmost point of the North Island and New Zealand as a whole. Last time, on the way back home, I was so carried away by the winding serpentine road that we passed the lapel on the sand without blinking an eye! Vacation, and the summer of the 15th, we spent most of the time first on the South island, and then on local beaches near the house, so that the traditional trip to the North we somehow postponed by ourselves until the best case! The case, alas, was not the most successful, because my Polish colleagues suddenly decided to pack their bags (there is no life here!) and fly home. Agree, it would be a pity to let them go without showing the giant Kauri trees and other beauties of the North..So I now know how to set up a route with the sights of Northland in the usual two days of the weekend without rushing — to go on congested highways on a long weekend is not necessary for this! April, autumn and red and yellow leaves on the trees, the end of the tourist season, half-empty motels, good company, the spirit of adventure — what else do you need to cheer up and recharge before the new Zealand winter? 🙂
I will definitely tell you about the rest of our modest trip, but not today! So, turn off after Cape Reinga Road to Te Paki Stream Road, go about 5 minutes on a dirt road, get up to the Parking lot, get a Boogie Board from the trunk or rent it, cross the stream and go towards the dunes!
By the way, here they are! The sand of the giant dunes is light yellow, very fine and warm:
The main contingent of visitors is young people or families with children:
The slopes of the dunes are very steep, just behind the first, large slope there is another, slightly smaller one:
An Indonesian teenage girl stands indecisive to the cheers and applause of her relatives. Her friends have already gone down and picked up sand up to their ears-sand after the descent is just everywhere!
Our girls managed to go to the second slope and returned back. The dunes are simply gigantic and impress anyone!
Beyond the second slope, you can see the Tasman sea and a small unnamed beach. Great, just great. At such moments, you must include in your player (or imagination) the track “Gun’s n Roses-Knocking On Heavens Door”, sit on the sand and enjoy the view under the vanilla quotes from the movie of the same name:
German students. Rosa, I was very busy and just now finally sat down to roll out a small report from this trip! The Russians are harnessed for a long time, but they go fast! 🙂
The sand is not always soft — in some places, it is compressed into stone.
Do you like to ride? Love and sleigh to haul! You can see that the hills are covered with grass in some places, then with bushes and trees, then again with sand, and so on in a new way:
How it all reminds me of sleigh rides from an ice slide, a broken seat, bent rails, and the first concussion! Youth, dementia, and courage! 🙂
I will definitely try to return here again during the summer and explore the surrounding area properly!