East coast of Northland – coasts with contrasts

Written by Nadine Zangerle on . Posted in New Zealand

I have to get used to those funny names. So I have to recall and reread them several times that they get stuck somehow in my little brain.

Whangarei – In the city we enjoyed the Town Basin with its old houses and got a bit wet at the great waterfalls. At the information center we received plenty of material for our trip. What to see, there is so much?

Tutukaka and Matapouri – The vegetation is mind-blowing and indescribable. You have to see it for yourself. In Tutukaka – yes this is the name of this little village – we got some information about diving. The Poor Knights islands are rated as the tenth best dive sites of Jacques Cousteau. Water temperature 16 degree but visibility 20 m, have to convince Micha. Have to try on our way back again since the conditions are not good right now.

Let’s get up to the wild coast line of Matapouri and do some hiking. It is so beautiful.

The Kawiti Glowworm caves had been fascinating. For 11 months the glowworms are attached to the wall and fish for insects with long, sticky lines, afterwards they become a fly. Three days of reproduction and this is it. Gogh, I am happy not to be a glowworm.