Day 03 – Auckland to Maraetai

11:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, New Zealand, Travel
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It took us a lot of time to pack the bike for the first time. There were things we just couldn’t fit in (well, we could have made them fit, but there are some things we usually acquire along the way, so there was no point filling every last little spot). We did a little bit more shopping for some small things, and then we were off.

We decided to join a few friends who were going to camp at Maraetai (east of Auckland) for three nights. The place is called Omana Regional Park. We hadn’t booked, and were very luck to be able to get a place. The official capacity is 80 campers, and then the park manager has discretion over 20 more. Well, the park manager had used up 19 of those, so theoretically only one of us should be able to stay there. But they had pity on us (and it was only the first night that was overbooked).


It was Peter and Victorias’ wedding anniversary, so we had a cake to celebrate the occasion (the following photo was taken by Victoria’s brother Michael).


It was new year’s eve, and the full moon was absolutely beautiful.


Rebecca and I went to bed early. Surprisingly, little noise was made as midnight came around.

2 Responses

  1. Victoria Says:

    hi Ben, sounds like you might have been expecting some sort of were-woolf given the new moon! Looking forward to the next days’ installments. 🙂

  2. peter Says:


    great to keep up with the trip
    Go the Bemmmer


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