Day 8: Whangarei - Bay of Islands
3 January 2010
330km - map

We were woken in Martin's Bay by the sound of numerous tractors and 4x4s putting fishing boats and small pleasure cruisers into the water just meters away. A lovely spot by the sea but also a very popular place to take your boat to it seems. Before long we were back on the road heading north towards Whangarei, stopping briefly at Langs Beach to have a paddle in the crystal clear blue water - the place was deserted, not a soul in sight. Back on the road again and we arrived at Whangerai before long where we did a little food shopping and bought some sunglasses.

We walked around Whangerai Falls - to quote the guide book "The Paris Hilton of waterfalls: Not the most impressive, but definitely the most photographed." - for an hour or so, building an appetite on the way. We decidied to stop further up the road to make some garlic mushrooms and garlic bread with cheese (We had mistakenly bought a tub of garlic butter instead of normal butter the previous day) and by chance we stopped at "Frying Pan View".

Continuing north we passed through a small town called Kawakawa famed for it's public toilet of all things as it was designed by the architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. There are many sculptures in the town either by or inspired by Hunterwasser, making for very unusual shop fronts and buildings.

Eventually we arrived at The Bay of Islands and the Beach Side Resort campsite where we were able to hook up to the electric supply and charge our various devices and do some washing. A hot shower awaits in the morning!

Langs Beach
Whangerai Falls
Hunterwasser Toilet