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Jan 5, 2013 - Te Araroa, East Cape

A lovely day. It was a great day for our scenic drive on the Pacific Coast Highway around the north-east corner of the island. We are now at a place called Te Araroa in the East Cape. It took 4.5 hours (with a 30 minute lunch break) to drive the 200 km from Whakatane. The road is very windy and the speed limit is often 35 kph, sometimes 25 kph. In places the road is only one lane and there are several one-lane bridges. But that is ok. It was a day to enjoy the scenery and it was a good day for that. There is a nice campground directly on...

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Jan 2, 2010 - Te Araroa to Morere

Today we were moving onto to the next place. It took us about 4 hours from the alarm going off to us leaving the campsite - we were a bit sleepy!! We went via the largest Pohutukawa tree in the world which was in the grounds of the school at Te Araroa. Then back onto the east coast road. We were heading towards Gisborne and stopped at various places on the way including a beautifully decorated church at Tikitiki. We had lunch at Tokomaru Bay where we saw fairly wild horses being riden on the beach! We drove onto Gisborne and it was quite a...

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Jan 1, 2010 - New Year's Day

We woke up at about 3.45am so we had time to drive to the East Cape lighthouse and climb the steps before the sun started to rise. The road to the lighthouse was all unsealed and very close to the edge where there was just a drop into the sea, although luckily it wasn't too high! Also I didn't realise how close it was to the edge until we came back in the daylight!! We climbed up the 700 odd steps with a crowd of other people - bit of a struggle at that time in the morning without any food or a cup of tea!! There were quite a few other...

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Dec 31, 2009 - New Years Eve

What a stormy night!! The wind was so loud I thought it was going to blow our swimming costumes off the washing line and the goats would eat them!! Luckily they didn't! We had a lovely breakfast and then some of Sarah and Giles's friends arrived and we got ready to leave. We headed off and we were on our journey!! We were heading along the East Coast road to Whatakane and then on to the East Cape and Te Araroa. When we got to Whatakane we went food shopping and then found a lovely place to have lunch by the harbour. We got the rug out and...

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Sep 23, 2008 - Mount Maunganui - Te Araroa

Depart Mount Maunganui: 367 km (09.05) This morning we awoke early again. It was lovely lying in bed listening to the ocean. It was a cold night though and by the morning I was struggling to stay warm. So we got up at 5.30 and had a quick breakfast then set off on the tramp around the bottom of the volcano. The joggers were already at it – we heard the first one on the boardwalk at 5.30. We had a lovely walk, it took about an hour altogether. We didn't see any dolphins (Nick was chatting to Niel our neighbour last night, and he said that...

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Jun 8, 2008 - Te Araroa to Opotiki North Island 10 to 12 May 2008

Jeff Yesterday we thought we had driven through some heavy showers. Last night taught us what New Zealand heavy rain really does sound like; still it was just what the weatherman had told us to expect. Fortunately we had parked on the grass road above the camping area, which now contained three large ponds; one of these was where we would have been parked. “Will I get bogged down in your field”, I asked when booking in. “Definitely not”, was the reply. Last night darkness had fallen sooner than usually and we turned off the road too soon,...

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