The hills by the sea in the Northland seem to be so humped and bumped in an almost cartoon way. Very similar to the way Cookie’s drawn them above funnily enough. Really gorgeous vibrant green to look at, and all textured with rippling grooves and ledges reminiscent of rice fields. I assume the cattle and sheep carve the steep slopes into stepped highways after years of grazing. You don’t often see too many sheep near the roads though… as we’ve heard stories from farmers about sheep rustling !! ;) Really!
Miles of gorgeous white sandy beaches lay ahead and the way down towards Whananaki North. We got some awesome shots. Wish we could have stayed here longer. We followed the coast as long as we could – a bit of a detour from the official trail – but it got us in a spot of bother when we lost our way and ended up on some private beach. Luckily the owner was very reasonable and we were soon on our way.