Seemed like no one slept well. What was cool, was sitting out in the dark and hearing the Kiwi's. They hunt in the dark for worms and they have the cutest sound. The area right next to the falls is a designated sanctuary.
So by 2 am it was decided that we would see the light house by Sunrise, which sounded great.
The trip was long and not much to see in the dark but I made Rainer pull over so I could see the Southern sky in all it's glory..WOW!! The milkyway is just gorgeous and instead of the North Star to guide ships, they look for the Southern Cross. Couldn't find the big dipper, maybe it isn't visible from here ?
So we arrived just as the sun was coming up and this is what I saw as I walked to the walkway leading to the lighthouse.
My second statement was "I didn't come all this way NOT to make it" so off we went.
This is the place where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific meet.
This is not really the Northern most tip, there are cliffs that extend out further, but this is the end of the world to some.
It was impossible to get a view of the entire pathway because of the switchbacks. YOu can see some of it in the foreground and some leading down toward another switchback, but I'm sure you get the idea. It was a very, very long walk up hill and it wasn't over when I took this picture.
On the way home from the lighthouse we will stop at KeriKeri and some other interesting spots...but nothing compared to the Light House. See you later.......