Cape Reinga to Russell

I left Cape Reinga to drive south to the bay of islands, with Pahia as my intended destination; the drive was back down the deserted Highway 1, which seemed even more bereft of traffic than it had on my northward journey……………. the stretch of this Highway between Cape Reinga and Kaitaia is very sparsely populated, a few farms, a few houses, a small shop that had a coffee machine inside and a public toilet outside (which I was very grateful for – my aging bladder proving to be a bit of an Achilles heel on long drives) I reached Pahia, had a snoop around and decided to drive on to Opua, where I put my car on the ferry to the lovely little town of Russell…………….

 

Russell is not on an island, but the 10 minute ferry ride negates the necessity to drive for another hour or more on a twisting and undulating small road, so I stumped up the 11 NZ dollars and filled my lungs with the sea air………….

River near Paihia……………….

Beach at Paihia………..a typical bay of islands vista……………….

The lovely little cabin that I rented for 2 days in Russell

and an early morning view from its balcony………………….

One of several lovely beaches on the peninsular ……………….

 

The little sea front promenade at Russell

Sally’s restaurant on the sea front at Russell where I was lucky enough to get a beach side table for dinner……………..

My table for dinner at Sally’s…………the bottle on the left is a complimentary bottle of water!

 

An uninvited guest, who chose to perch unnervingly close to my table………

And as the evening descends……………………………………………………….

3 thoughts on “Cape Reinga to Russell

  1. Hi it looks beautiful! It makes me want to go there! You must be so enjoying it and a place you can catch your breath and enjoy! Keep us posted xxxx

    • Yes Liz…………..everything about this country is breathtaking, apart from the pace of life!