He chose Kawakawa to retire and die in and his unique toilets have become world famous.
They are not only incredibly beautiful, but also the cleanest you’ll ever have the privilege of using!
The approach down to the beach has one of the best views in New Zealand - get ready for the `wow` view as you begin the descent to the beach.
There is a place to park and admire the view immediately on the left. take the short but steep little walk up to the Rainbow Warrior Memorial on top of the hill – the views from the top are awesome.
It was also once known as the ‘hell hole of the South Pacific’ between 18, when whore-houses abounded and drunken brawls between whalers and seamen were the norm. Dolphin Discoveries was the first Department of Conservation licensed operator for dolphin and whale watching in the North Island and have knowledgeable and local guides that are extremely experienced to ensure you get the most from your cruise. This quaint little village was once the capital of New Zealand!
It was also once known as the ‘hell hole of the South Pacific’ between 18, when whore-houses abounded and drunken brawls between whalers and seamen were the norm. Russell is recommended for dinner before catching one of the regular ferries back across to Paihia (extra charge).
The Basin is a wonderful waterfront development full of cafes, restaurants, art galleries and museums. If you have time take the small diversion to Whangarei Falls – the turnoff is just north of the city by the golf course, follow the signs to Tutukaka.
The 23m falls are more than worth a look and they are right next to the road.
This itinerary offers much variety with almost equal time in the North Island and in the South Island.
Across the river Rewa’s Village is an authentic recreation of a pre-European Maori fishing settlement.
The Pear Tree Restaurant is recommended for a coffee.28kms – In Waipapa turn right onto SH10 and drive north for another 13 kilometres and turn right towards Matauri Bay.
ll the way down to Queenstown in the south, driving 4700 kilometres in 31 days.
From Auckland you first take the circular route north to the Bay of Islands and Waipoua Forest, then drive south via the awesome Coromandel Peninsula to Whakatane, Rotorua and Taupo to take in a little Maori culture and enjoy the volcanic area.