Surf’s Up at Te Paki

November 16, 2016

A quick note before today’s post:
Just after midnight on November 14th, the town of Kaikoura in South Island experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. While the intensity was significantly higher than the 6.3-level earthquake that rocked Christchurch in 2011, thankfully the distance from the epicentre meant that there were fewer injuries and less damage than the earthquake from five years ago. I was sitting in bed trying to decide on a podcast when I felt the walls groan and the floor sway slightly below the bed. It was dramatic to experience,  especially considering the 900+ km between Kaikoura and Tauranga, where we’ve been staying with our dear friends Al and Natalia. Lucky break!

After hanging out at the northern tip of New Zealand’s North Island and watching the Tasman Sea mix with the Pacific Ocean, we decided to make our way southward along the western coast to complete our tour of the Twin Discovery route recommended to roadtrippers like us. One of the first highlights to stop and sea on the way back down was the remarkable Te Paki Giant Sand Dunes.

30 October 2016 upload for http://onlyamazingdays.com

A small jump off of the highway, the Te Paki Sand Dunes reserve is a pretty popular destination for people who wish that their beach experience was just a little bit more, well, vertical.

Here’s a taste of what we were up to during our visit:

 

Author: Christian

Middle school teacher on hiatus/budding permaculturalist currently cycling the world. Sometimes he acts in plays and film. Mostly he travels and blogs about it. Christian is one of the founders of onlyamazingdays.com

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