In late October, while I still had the rental car, I drove out to Bream Head, a very popular park about 35km east of Whangarei....
and hiked the trail up to the lookout at an old World War II radar station.
There is not a road that goes along the coast, like in Mauritius - not in this particular place anyway.
They also abandoned their railways north of Whangarei - like in Mauritius - so now there is too much truck traffic on the main highway.
Photos belong to Jaro Franta.