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Informal Tea captain cook road trip map

Super massive week traveling around the country last week! Tim set off for a weekend of taste testing down in Wellington at Commonsense Organics before rocking up to Auckland for a chat with Ooooby and a couple of fine cafes. Gotta love the drive down to Wellington past Rotorua's steaming geysers blasting warmth up into the crisp morning sky, traveling up to the the equally Volcanic central plateau before funneling down into the Capital where the rugged West Coast meets the mighty Tararuas.

mt ruapehu peaking over hill top
After a couple hours driving, it's always exciting to get that first sight of Mount Ruapehu peaking over the hill tops.

mt ruapehu on a nice beautiful cloudless day
It's somehow still seems like an understatement to say it was an absolute mint day to be up the mountain. No wind, clear skies and views as far as the eye could see. Hard to beat Mt Ruapehu on a good day. I think this was the opening day for the ski season too — fun times!

kuku beach sunset new zealand

kuku beach west coast sunset
I found this new spot at sunset on the West Coast. Kuku beach. Located between Waikawa Beach and Levin off State Highway 1. Looks like a rad place for fishing and kayaking. Although if you're looking to stop off at a remote Manawatu/Horowhenua beach, I'd recommend the little settlement of Tangimoana. There's a uniquely mysterious and magical feeling about this place and it even offers the worlds largest parabolic dunes. Woohoo.

north head auckland
Up in Auckland I took a long overdue trip out to North Head, the site of military barracks, bunkers and large batteries that defended the Auckland harbour and the Devonport naval base from attack during the World Wars. The tunnels and bunkers are pretty impressive and worth the visit for sure.

rangitoto volcanic island from north head
The iconic Rangitoto Island on a rather mint day.

auckland city from north head
Everything in Auckland is a volcano with a view, and North Head is no different.

haukai plains
After a mammoth week, it was nice to be on a homeward stretch across the Haukai Plains.

Tararua ranges at sunset from kuku beach
The beast resting @ Kuku Beach, with the snow capped Tararua's in the distance.

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