Auckland to Taipa Road Trip
5 days and 4 nights on the road from Auckland to Cape Reinga and back over 1,000 kilometres of driving, coffee stops, toilet stops, ice-cream stops, chocolate stops, waterfall stops. beach stops, amazing New Zealand iconic stop, playing golf, Spa treatments, great food, lots of beer & champagne, great company, laughter and how could we forget the milk (ask Greg).
Auckland to TAIPA BEACH Day 1 – Road Trip Highlights
We left Auckland at 10 am and our first challenge was to get 2 sets of golf clubs, 2 chilly bins, 1 large suitcase, 2 x small suitcases, bags with beach towels, booze and food as well as the four of us all into the infinity car. After a bit of rejigging, we managed to get everything in the car and we were off.
We took our time getting to Taipa and did lots of great stops along the way and finally arrived at our hotel in Doubtless Bay (Taipa Beach) at 5 pm.
Road Map: Day 1
A South African Store out in the middle of nowhere, a chance for our friends to pick up Biltong and some South African snacks for the road trip.
The Whangarei Falls falls are 26m high surrounded by park and native New Zealand bush. Great place to grab a few pictures and stretch your legs.Whangarei falls are at the northern end of Whangarei. Review Whangarei Falls
Makana Chocolate Factory
Makana Confectionary Boutique Chocolate Factory in Kerikeri was a favourite stop. This famous chocolate shop is where you can taste delicious samples and also witness how the chocolates are made. We could have spent hours there just sampling all the wonderful chocolates. Review Makana Chocolate Factory
The famous 'Jandal Fence' at Kaeo service station has been decorated with at least 200 pairs of jandals, as a tribute to the New Zealand Jandal, certainly worth a stop.
Finally, a stop at the local liquor store to pick up beer (who could forget about the milk) and then we headed to the hotel.
Accommodation at Ramada Taipa
Dinner: A great beach view, pizza, beer and my first taste of Savanna beer.
Early night as day 2 would be an amazing day of golf, SPAs, beaches, pubs & fish and chips.
Click HERE for Day 2 of road trip featuring Kauri Cliff Golf Course, Spa Experience and Pink Beach
Until our next journey, talk soon Greg and Charlotte
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