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and the beautiful beaches of the West coast !

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Wednesday afternoon we drove back to Auckland, returned the camper van (we put on 5400 km in 29 days!), and picked up a rental car. We were couchsurfing with a friend of Rick and Phyllis, Lily, who wouldn't be home til later in the evening, so we drove to the village of Piha, to enjoy a walk on the beach and a climb up Lion's Rock.
Mercredi 15 Mars, nous retournons a Auckland, et deposons le camper-van a l'agence. Fin de l'aventure apres 5400 kilometres en 29 jours! Nous louns une voiture pour les prochains jours a Auckland, et allons rencontrer Lily, une amie de Phyllis & Rick. Nous passons la fin de l'apres-midi sur la cote Ouest d'Auckland et decouvrons la merveille qu'est la plage de Piha, et le rocher aux lions.

Piha Beach from Lion Rock

Piha Beach from Lion Rock


Lion Rock on Piha Beach

Lion Rock on Piha Beach

The next day, we enjoyed the area where she lives so much, the Waitakere Reserve, that we decided to stay in the area and do some hiking. We picked up lunch fixings at a supermarket, and then hiked a loop to Fairy Falls. The waterfalls were beautiful, and again, very full from all the rain. We also hiked the City Walk, which took us past some native, enormous, Kauri trees, which were believed to be 1000 years old. Our third walk of the day was Te Hanga Walkway, a coastal walk along the cliffs, giving us views of Bethell Beach. We found a path down and returned along the beach, enjoying the softest black sand I've ever felt! It was a great day with beautiful weather.
Le jour suivant, sur le sconseils de Lily, nous visitons encore le coin, la reserve de Waitakere, qui constitue, en gros, l'Ouest d'Auckland. Nous suivons le chemin vers les cascades aux fees (Fairy Falls), magnifiques, puis le chemin de "City Walk" qui fait le tour de plusieurs Kauri majeurs, ces arbres gigantesques (les plus grands des forets tropicales), mais menaces d'extinction (surexploitation, maladies). Certains de ces arbres sont evalues a plus de 1000 ans. Notre troisieme marche de la journee sera pres de la plage de Bethells, puis sur la plage elle-meme au retour. Le sable or-noir est juste magnifique, doux, agreable. Super temps, super spot. Super heureux.

Waikatare Reserve

Waikatare Reserve


Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls


1000 year old Kauri Tree

1000 year old Kauri Tree

Friday we drove into Auckland and started with a hike up One Tree Hill. We enjoyed walking through the fields of sheep up to a great view of the bay. We then drove to Mission Bay and enjoyed way too much ice cream with our walk on the beach. We ended the day with a short hike to Lake Wainamu, which consisted of a walk through a stream on that oh so soft black sand again, with huge black and white sand dunes on the side. The lake itself was small but beautiful, with the mandatory green rolling hills surrounding it.
Le vendredi, nous visitons Auckland-ville, et commencons par le mont One-Tree Hill. L'arbre a ete remplace par une obelisque, apres sa degradation au milieu des annees 2000, sur un fond de contestation sociale (Maori). Nous allons en suite visiter la baie Mission Bay, a l'est, et y prenons une bonne grosse glace (Movenpick). Nous finissons la journee avec un retour cote Ouest, du cote de la reserve, et une petite remontee de la riviere jusqu'au dunes et au lac Wainamu. Sable noir, eau douce, et dune de sables. Super spot a pique nique.

Sheep and archery go together like peas and carrots on One Tree Hill

Sheep and archery go together like peas and carrots on One Tree Hill

View of Bethells beach

View of Bethells beach


Bethells Beach

Bethells Beach


Bethells beach

Bethells beach


Loic finding quicksand

Loic finding quicksand

Lake Wainamu

Lake Wainamu


Giant sand dunes at Lake Wainamu

Giant sand dunes at Lake Wainamu

Our last day in New Zealand we took the ferry to Rangitoto Island, the most recently active volcano. We hiked to the summit of the volcano and had a picnic lunch, and then hiked around the crater and through a few lava caves. The weather was perfect and the views of the harbor beautiful. We returned the rental car and headed to the airport for our flight to Argentina!
Pour notre dernier jour a Auckland, nous prenons le ferry pour l'ile de Rangitoto, ancien volcan dont la derniere eruption date de 600 ans. Nous marchons jusqu'au sommet, et prenons le temps d'y pique-niquer, sur le bord du cratere, avec une vue imprenable d'Auckland. Nous redescendons et allons visiter les tunnels formes par la lave. Le temps et parfait, et la vue a 360 superbe. Nous retournons a l'aeroport et decollons pour l'argentine !

Auckland's port

Auckland's port


Volcanic rock trail on Rongitoto

Volcanic rock trail on Rongitoto


Loic in a lava cave

Loic in a lava cave


Overlooking the volcanic crater on Rongitoto

Overlooking the volcanic crater on Rongitoto

Posted by jillandloic 16:58 Archived in New Zealand

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