Camping is a huge thing in New Zealand. Which means, we needed to get a tent.
Tawharanui is a regional national park that is about an hour north of Auckland. The park has some of the most incredible white sandy beaches and blue luminous water.
We stayed in the camping only portion of the state park. The camping grounds were protected right behind the dunes. There were no showers here, but there were compostable toilets and fresh running water. The first thing we did was pitch our tent and head to the beach!
A picture is worth a thousand words:
Seriously, this is why people come to New Zealand.
We did some rock climbing and exploring.
After we took a nice long walk on the beach, we went back for some meatball subs.
Next, we head back to the beach to drink some wine and do some relaxing.
Tawharanui is an animal sanctuary that integrates conservation, recreation, and farming. The peninsula has a ton of great hiking. We went on the two hour ecology trail, which was 3.8km. Boy was I excited that we went on this hike.
First the trail went through what looked like a mini rainforest. All you could hear were five or six different bird chirps that all came together to make a song. Next, the trail required a bit of a hike up hill. Totally worth it. It lead out to a cliff that overlooked the top of the peninsula. To our surprise, there were also a herd of cow right on our trail.
The views from up there were unreal. I wish I had more adjectives to describe how beautiful it was.
After our hike, we watched the sunset up on another hill, surrounded by sheep. The sunset was followed by dinner and a coma. I was so tiered that I couldn’t keep my eyes open!
The next morning, after brushing our teeth and a change of clothes, we headed back to Matakana for brunch!
Sausage rolls and Eggs Benedict.