The Far, Far North was beckoning and so we continued to its bitter end, Cape Reinga. This is the country's most northern accessable point by road. The Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea meet here causing the waters to be turbulent with whirlpools. The Maori people believe this to be the sacred place where the souls of the dead come to to contine their journey. The entire place therefore has cultural significance, right down to a tree growing from the cliffside at the point...believed to provide a staircase for the spirits.
As we arrived it started to rain, lending an etherial quality to the trail leading down to the lighthouse at the point. The scenery was beautiful, if a bit on the wet side!