Anika Moa: A Lifetime of Travel and Family Travel in the Far North
Far North Bone Stretcher: The walk to Mitimiti Beach has many fond memories for Anika Moa. Photo / Debbie Beadle
TV presenter Anika Moa shares her tips and precious memories from a lifetime of travel
What are your favorite memories of a childhood family vacation in New Zealand?
I used to go to the Far North with my dad, Tia, and he took us on so many adventures … some crazy, some wild and most of all off the beaten track. We would head to Ngawha Springs and soak our tired bones in the mud puddles while gazing at the night stars in the sky, then we will head to Ahipara and go for a mighty swim and catch mussels on the rocks and cook them in our saucepan with hot stones as an oven. We headed to KaitÄia for our weekly shopping, saying kia ora to all of our whÄnau along the way. I love the Far North and I am proud to come from this part of Aotearoa.
What’s your favorite off the beaten track / secret New Zealand place to get away from it all and what makes it so special?
Well it’s a secret from Pawarenga but my dad would put our jandals on us and we would walk the golden stairs trail from WhangapÄ harbor to Mitimiti – be warned it’s steep, a long way to go and the trail is more of a feeling but it is is so amazing for those views of the sea, kai moana and the beautiful walk you get – a bone stretcher and beautiful memories with my dad. I haven’t hiked it in years but would love to take my kids there someday.
If you were going on a family getaway now, where would you go and why?
East Cape is easily my choice then Napier. I have never been and have always loved the romantic side of this rohe. the Whale rider the movie was shot there and the driving can be spiritually inviting I hear. It’s a place I’ve dreamed of driving, so hopefully it will happen soon, once I stop working so hard. MDR!
What is your dream road trip in New Zealand and why?
South Island, with my best friend Nicky – delicious kai stop, Wanaka, Cromwell, Queenstown, to Lake Tekapo and to North Canterbury to return to her farm. I also like the drive from Christchurch to Greymouth. Stunning scenery and fond memories of driving the west coast to watch my mom do her concerts in local pubs. It all makes sense when you go to small towns. It’s so inviting and warm.
What if you could choose the ultimate luxury dream vacation in New Zealand, where would you go and why?
I don’t do luxury. I would take all of my kids, rent a campervan and set off from Cape Reinga and drive to Bluff, stopping at all of my favorite kai spots that I used to visit when I toured as a musician and in all the best hokohoko (op) stores, and was visiting whÄnau everywhere we go. I would love to do that. My kind of luxury!