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New Zealand, North Island

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New Zealand is one of my favourite places to get some sun in to my system during our  cold, wet Canadian winters. This year I returned to Auckland on a house exchange. I am staying in a lovely home in Point Chevalier ( a suburb in Auckland) & using it as a base camp to jump off from to explore the island. Last week I went up to the north of the island & visited Paihia, Waipu, Ahipara & Cape Reinga. What a fabulous trip!! I went horse back riding on 90 mile Beach, sailing in Paihia, & boogie boarding & kayaking in Waipu. As well the food is amazing. It is fresh from the garden & the taste explodes in one's mouth. Avacados as large as my fist are under 20 cents each!!!! So gald I made the treck up to explore this area & next year hope to have more time up in northern New Zealand riding the horses through the surf & up on the sand dunes. New Zealand, yes is a long way from Vancouver(13hour flight) but definately well worth the extra time to get there.