The grip & the farmer

Pilar & Annie i the veggie garden

Pilar & Annie i the veggie garden

Destination Cape Reinga today ! Michelle from Oregon was leaving us this morning to travel on her own and Martha, another Spanish girl joined us. In the small town of Tortara North, on the way to Cape Reinga, we stopped and visited Annie, a very energetic & active kiwi. She lived in this beautiful wooden house, in the middle of nature surrounded by chickens, fruit trees & her veggie garden. Annie even brewed her own beer! Besides that she was a grip for the Kiwi television & movie scene. Her biggest production was the world-famous ‘Lord of the Rings’. Being in the movie & television business myself, it was a pleasure to share experiences. We all enjoyed Annie’s company so much and vice versa that we all decided to stay the night after our visit to Cape Reinga.

Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga

Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) is the most Northern point of New-Zealand & marks the seperation of the Tasman Sea from the Pacific Ocean. For Maori these turbulent waters are where the male sea Te Moana Tapokopoko a Tawhaki meets the female sea Te Tai o Whitirela. The whirlpools where the currents clash are like those who dance in the wake of a waka (canoe). They  represent the coming together of male & female and the creation of life!

Tepaki sand dunes

Tepaki sand dunes

After enjoying the amazing sights in Cape Reinga, we drove to the sand dunes in Tepaki where our timing was perfect to enjoy the sunset…

The next morning we said goodbye to Annie & headed back to Auckland but drove through the West-Coast of Northland. In Warewareka, a small village on the West-Coast., we stopped at Peter’s house, a German who left Germany more than 30 years ago and who found his new home in New-Zealand. Peter has a huge property & farm in the hills and lives a good, relaxed life with his wife Suze.

Oldest Kaori tree in NZ - Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest

Oldest Kaori tree in NZ – Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest

A few km down the coast, you’ll find the oldest & biggest Kaori tree of New-Zealand.  Tane Mahuta, Lord of the forest is in Maori cosmology the son of Ranginui, the sky father & Papatuanuku, the earth mother. Tane tore his parents apart, breaking their primal embrace to bring light, space & air and allowing life to flourish. Tane sprang from the seed approx 2000 yrs ago during the lifetime of Christ and is the life giver. All living creatures are his children…

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