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Nov 2, 2012 - gittin' to Gizzy

Today we actually slept in so couldn't have been that bad in our cozy cabin, right? A quick tour around town (2 minutes tops......not a BIG place!) and off we headed hitting a few more beach towns before heading cross-country along a lovely yet very windy river valley. We passed a huge slide area and stopped to get some shots of the hill where the guys were still working trying to remove the gigantic piles of debris. The town of Katikati boasts 40+ murals so we stopped and wandered around there for a while. The also have a Haiku pathway...

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Jan 26, 2012 - Sheepish

A bit of a sheepish confession from me - it was a sheepdog, not a sheep - the photos will explain it all! We’ve spent the past three days camping beside beautiful lakes and rivers in the hills between Rotorua and the east coast. We were planning to head south to Lake Taupo, but were tempted east by promises of excellent trout streams – more of which later. We enjoyed some excellent long walks up streams, over ridges and into hidden valleys. Pete described one of these walks as “Ali’s routemarch”, but we both enjoyed the views, birdsong and...

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Feb 20, 2011 - Gisborne

Another long but attractive drive – 4 hours through wonderful gorges and some fairly hairy hairpins ! Set off late in order to explore the inner recesses of Pak ‘n Save. Broke journey in a few places including a short walk through tree fern forest to a very old and (we are told) uniquely engineered bridge to an area that settlers tried to farm for 20 years then gave up – and you can understand why ! We are now in wine country. Gisborne is known for its Chardonnays. Our campsite is on the beach yet again – a bit downmarket from previous...

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Feb 13, 2009 - Covering Ground

Kaikoura -> Masterton -> Napier -> Gisborne by Mike We’ve been covering a lot of ground lately, narrowing down the field if you will. Kaikoura was a fantastic place. No jobs, however. We helped ourselves to heaps of great seafood including Whitebait, which is a very popular tiny fish that is fried up into omelets. For dinner one night we cramped(1) a pizza of smoked venison, wild boar and chorizo. We deserved it, after a 2 hour tour around the Kaikoura peninsula that turned into a 4 hour journey, which included clandestine visits to...

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Sep 24, 2008 - Te Araroa - Gisborne

Depart Te Araroa: 777 km (07.00) Well we made it through the night! Actually the highlight of the night was undoubtedly the wind. Very, very windy. It's a bit scary being under trees when it is windy and you're sleeping 6 inches from the roof of your cab, but that's as bad as it got. Nick made bacon and eggs for tea and we were once again in bed by 8, and once again awake at the crack of dawn. Nick was again waiting for the sunrise, and again he wasn't disappointed. The day dawned clear and cold as previous mornings. In fact the weather has...

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Aug 28, 2008 - Gisborne

I am glad that I didn't have a lot of time in Gisborne. The vibe of the entire place was not good. I think that Gisborne could be a nice place to be in the summer when surfing is possible and a day on the beach could be enjoyed but that is all it really has going for it. I have moved on and I am now in Rotorua, which on first impression gets a good rating. We will see if that holds up.

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May 23, 2008 - Gisborne to Opotiki North Island 3rd to 5th May 2008.

Sylvia’s Comments. Our short journey today meant we were on our camp site in Gisborne by late morning. This gave us a chance to get some washing done and hang it out on the line to dry and then set out to explore Gisborne. Guess who got here before us? Captain Cook first set foot in NZ in this very place. Where he actually landed, Kaiti Beach is across the river mouth from where we are camped but if Cook came back for another visit he would not recognise it. It is now a busy dock site with many buildings and wood yards in the area. Just a...

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Feb 9, 2008 - Whakatane to Gisborne

Up early again, packed up and checked out by about 9 o’clock. We stopped by the info centre downtown, then walked over to White Island Rendezvous to see about a tour booking and accommodation as we had decided to come back to celebrate Don’s birthday. This would mean back tracking from Gisborne back to Whakatane but we thought it would be worth it. Off we went to Gisborne, choosing the Gorge Route along Highway 2, 201km and 3:25 hours. We first drove up to the lookout above Whakatane for a look over the town, the Whakatane River and Bay of...

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Jul 3, 2006 - Taupo to Gisborne

We left Taupo for Gisborne at about 8:30. This was a long day of driving and in winter it means that you arrive in Gisborne after dark. On the way we stopped at a cool water fall. Our first stop was at the city of Napier. This city was leveled by and earthquake in the 1930's (I think) and was rebuilt in an Art Deco motif. It is said to be an Art Deco capital of the world. Now I am not really sure what Art Deco is, but apparently I saw it. We then continued driving and eventually made it to Poverty Bay. Gisborne is in the Poverty bay area...

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Jan 9, 2006 - Napier - Gisborne

We hopped back onto the bus and it wasn't long until our next stop - a winery in Hawke's Bay. We picked up 'provisions' for the next few days. We then headed towards Gisborne. We were staying in a place just outside of the town - Surf Chalet Lodge, right on Wainui beach. 'It was a wicked little place'. Great atmosphere and the people were lovely. We went for a walk along the beach in preparation for our barbeque. Cathy and I had the largest steak known to man. We each had an equivalent to a pound of meat. Yann didn't believe that we could...

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