NOTICE: THIS REVIEW IS HIGHLY OPINIONATED DUE TO THE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MADE ME JOIN THIS TOUR. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE SEE MY REVIEW ON SAND SAFARIS.
I joined the tour on Wagener's Holiday Camp because I was left behind by Sand Safaris. Again, thank you soo much for picking me up!
There were two buses because apparently so many people had booked with Harrisons on that day. The driver of the big bus, Simon, and the driver of the small bus, Jason, are both locals and very nice and experienced drivers. I got on Jason's bus, where only a few seats were left. The next stop was Rarawa Beach, which is a beatiful beach with very soft, white sand. Along the drive, Jason gave us a lot of information about what was sorrounding us and every now and then told some (funny) jokes. We also stopped at an icecream shop where we could taste the delicious New Zealand made TipTop icecream. Everybody got a big cone for $4 (it said single scoop but it looked more like a triple one). The next stop was lunch, but because the drive there was quite long, in my opinion it was a good idea to stop at the icecream stop for morning tea.
We had lunch at Taputaputa Bay and it was really yummy! Big scones with jam, crackers, muesli bars, tea, coffee, juice and water. And the best: I did not have to get on the Sand Safaris bus again (which I really didn't want to), and Jason talked to their bus driver to sort out the fare.
Then we went to Cape Reinga, and we had an hour time to see everything. (Well, actually it would be 45 min, but Jason said it would not be a problem if we extend it a bit.) All in all, it seemed very relaxed, which may be caused by the tide times (we could not get on 90 Mile Beach until 3 pm). The next stop were the sand dunes. The tobbogans were a bit slow depending on the weight of the person riding them, but Simon also climbed up the dunes to give everybody a push. It was a lot of fun!
The drive along 90 Mile Beach could be frightening if you go by car. But in the bus I felt really safe! The waves were splashing against our windows, but Jason had the situation under control. When we finally made it back on the road, we had enjoyed interesting information and stunning views, and even a bit of a thrill everytime a wave went under the bus. (Sometimes they go on the beach first when the tide times force them to, so don't be surprised.)
We went back to the Ancient Kauri Kingdom to wash the bus (have a look at the photo and you see why...) I can totally understand that this needs to be done as soon as possible; the sand literally went everywhere! And this is probably also the reason why they don't buy new buses every year.
All in all, this very enjoyable tour definitely saved my day which had started so badly!
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