My cup runneth over...

again and again and again.

I feel much like I did while walking The Camino.  My heart is full, my grin is wide, deep gratitude saturates my being, and I can feel the infinite goodness of it All.  The world is my oyster indeed….as it is yours. 

Some version of this has become my “new normal” and is always present, at least to some extent.  Since stepping off the plane in Auckland however, it seems to be building by the day and boy, today was something extra special.  You can see from the banner photo above, which has a little story of it own, I sat and gawped much of the time doing my best to soak it all in and, honestly, was moved to near tears more than once.  I don’t know how other people experience Cape Reinga, but I can tell you I found it quite stirring and personally expansive.  So in hindsight I can see why I was drawn to this spot those many years ago when the my original trip to New Zealand was forming.

It is a place of great spiritual significance to the Māori.  Cape Reinga, known to Māori as Te Rerenga Wairua (the leaping place of the spirits).  You can see from the sign below, they believe the Spirits of the dead come here to leave the earth for their afterlife or their eternal home. 

It is also a meeting point of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. You can actually see the line in the water where the two bodies of water meet.  For the Māori, these turbulent waters are where the male sea from west (the Tasman) and the female sea (the Pacific) meet.  “The whirlpools where the currents clash are like those that dance in the wake of a waka (canoe).  They represent the coming together of male and female-and the creation of life”, says a sign at the Point.

Isn’t it interesting?  The spirits of the dead come here to depart this world, while the waters meet to create life. I can certainly see how such a place inspired an entire People regarding matters of Life and Death.

I don’t know what it all means, but I do know how I felt when I was there and gosh, was it something special. 

There were a number of these informative wooden signs. Two, side by side.  One in English, the other in Māori. 

I understand Cape Reinga is under consideration to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which sounds pretty cool to me.

A panoramic shot I took as I was arriving, just before walking out to the Point. This is looking off to the left/west and out onto the Tasman Sea and the dunes.

The Lighthouse on the right side of the Cape.

The Ancient survivor is none other than a Pōtuhukawa tree.  Can you see it clinging to the large rock down below?  I’ve read it is said to be around 800 years old and has never bloomed the red blossoms for which these trees are known.

I’ve saved the best for last, I hope…provided my video widget is working again.

  A panoramic video I took while standing on the highest bluff on the Cape.  It’s quite something, isn’t it?  Well dang. Still not working…probably because I keep giving my guy in Pakistan the incorrect login info.  Maybe by the morning (my morning) he’ll have it going again since I think I’ve finally given him the access information he needs to help me.  Fingers crossed and in the meantime, here is another photo from the Cape to tide you over.  

Oh my, I almost forgot to include 90 Mile Beach! 

After stellar weather at the Cape, I drove through lots of rain and more beautiful scenery to get to Ahipara, the southern end of 90 Mile Beach, which is actually only 55 miles long.  90 Mile Beach is considered a Paradise and is best known for its left hand surf break, widely acknowledged as one of the best in the world, and the beach itself which is an official State Highway often used when the paved State Highway 1 is closed.  Alas, rental cars are prohibited, so I couldn’t give it a go.  My AirBnB is oceanfront once again, so I will go to sleep shortly hearing the waves crashing nearby.

The very southern tip of 90 Mile Beach. Hopefully the tide will be in before I leave tomorrow.  I imagine it’s a much different look which will be fun to see.

As always, thanks for traveling along and being receptive to my many musings.

Until next time.



  • Heather

    November 25, 2022

    Truly magical Margie! I so appreciate you giving all of us arm chair travelers the in depth description….so interesting!

    • Margie

      November 26, 2022

      Magical is a great word for Cape Reinga!

  • Hill

    November 29, 2022

    I finally found the tree clinging to the big rock. The previous photo of the sign helped. Thank goodness you have technical support in Pakistan. Wonderful descriptions, I enjoy your writing.

  • Huck

    November 29, 2022

    Mom has been working too much so I decided to check on your blog since she hasn’t had much time. The pictures are stunning, Aunt Marg. Cape Reinga is breathtaking. I would be moved to puppy tears there too. I hope Phantom keeps telling her feathered friends to check in on you. She is a beautiful girl. I would enjoy chasing her but would refrain from catching her, out of respect.

  • Tena

    December 23, 2022

    Yummy! Love all the history and culture along with your personal experiences.


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