We are staying in a motel in Orewa, along the east coast about an hour north of Auckland. On Saturday Bill took the reigns, driving us north on Hwy 1. It’s the biggest highway here, but only two lanes, one for each direction, and occasionally a passing lane. The highway runs parallel to the ocean for much of the way, but at Warkworth veers towards the middle of the island. We followed it to Wellsford and then headed east on the Pakiri Road back to the ocean. Although our map showed this road at the same size as Hwy 1, it was nothing like it. It was paved for most of the way, then came the one lane bridges, and eventually it was a single lane with bypasses in case you meet a car from the other direction. In the middle of the single-lane dirt road part there was a sign “road narrows”! We didn’t run into any cars along this path. But when we stopped at a picturesque point, quite a few cars drove by in both directions.
Lots of sheep and cattle grazing. When I take pictures of these grazing hills, the white sheep look like small grains of rice dotted on the grass.