Di and Jaz On Tour travel blog

Ocean View

Waihau Beach

Sunset over middle earth

'world famous' Church

what a view

Left Ocean View after a bracing walk along the beach. Weather was fine, for a change, but chilly. Stopped to look at a church where celebrities apparently queue up to get married. Must admit very picturesque. On our way again, we decided we had to have more retail therapy and by coincidence the Macadamia Nut Factory - known as 'The Nuthouse' was just around the corner! You can tell we were desperate for entertainment! Although we'd scoffed all the nuts on our way up the Cape, we still managed to have a large lunch in Opotiki before heading off to Whakatane. Now the pronunciation of this for many years has been 'Wakatanee'. However, like elsewhere in the world, New Zealand has become very PC and it is now thought right and proper to use the original Maori pronunciation of 'wh' which sounds more like an 'f' - interesting. What a great sounding name - we had to phone everybody we knew just so we could tell them where we were!

Called into the Tourist Information Office, found a motel, and also a horse trek leaflet. Deciding she was getting withdrawal symptoms, and feeling the need to wrap her legs around something, Jaz booked us in for a ride along the beach the next morning. Early night tonight then.

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