The disappointment for me was discovering when we collected the little hire car that there were some NZ roads on which we were forbidden to drive that car. And one of them was my favourite drive in the north. And believe you me, knowing the north reasonably well as I do, there are many worse roads than the coast road to Russell. But rules are rules. So I made sure that we had plenty of stops of my next favourite drive, the road from Tauranga Bay to Matauri Bay.
Above and below is Tauranga Bay, quite crowded for a Northland beach really.
If you don't have time for lots of photos, give up now. I'm afraid I got carried away and there are so many lovely spots, wild surf beaches and quiet little bays, that I'd love to share with you.
I've said it before - GB makes a great silhouette! (This is the lovely big tree we found to shelter from the sun when we stopped for lunch.)
Sorry about the fence wires. Sometimes you just can't get close enough to get a shot without the wires!