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Hawkes Bay

April 28, 2016

Our journey to the Hawkes Bay started with a bang – a very loud bang in fact, that startled us both.  Damn, another blown rear tyre, one of a pair that were not changed after the last blowouts, read about what happened here.  We were just 10km from Havelock North so we carefully drove into the dump station on the edge of town before ringing the men at Carters Tyres.  Sure, they said, bring the van in now and we’ll sort you out. To cut a long story short, they replaced the blown tyre with the spare and ordered us two new tyres to match the other two new ones on the other side, the tyres would be arriving early the following  week.  Yes, we decided not to tempt fate by replacing both of the rear tyres on the passengers side to match the two new ones on the drivers side.  That sorted we headed off to the lovely parking site at Te Awanga.


Parked right on the beach, with Cape Kidnappers in the background.

We waited and waited for an offshore breeze so we could launch the kite but no luck there and as we are only allowed two nights here, we did not have a lot of opportunity. We watched lots of other surf casting off the beach, no one was having any luck but on our last night there, a neighbouring group launched a torpedo.  We watched them retrieve their line and they had one very good sized snapper, three small sharks and one stingray.  

Of course this is the Hawkes Bay, and I was really looking forward to going to the Farmers Market on Sunday morning as its one of the best markets around.  We also checked out the smaller Napier market on Saturday morning.   

We were up and off early on Sunday morning to wander the stalls before coming back to the van to move to our next destination.  Needless to say that two very large bags of goodies came back with us from our foray, but more on what I did with all those veg in a later blog.

We were soon packed up and leading the way to our next destination.  Roy and I had done a bit of a recce of other possible parking places as with two of us with large rigs, we need to make sure that there is ample room for us both.   Just as well we had as one of the potential sites was not suitable on size but also not suitable on location, as it was below sea level behind large stony banks.  It was off to the Evers- Swindell Reserve in Clive for us, with a juice outlook over the river with the cycle/walkways right beside us.  

We had just arrived and were setting up when this sight unfolded in front of us A waka (Maori canoe), with a group of tourists learning the techniques and protocols


It looked like a great way to spend an afternoon. 

 We were at Clive for a couple of nights before we went to the NZMCA park in Napier.  Unfortunately I neglected to get the camera out to take a picture of us parked up here, we were there for a week catching up with many tasks, including getting the new tyres fitted, going out to celebrate Roy’s Birthday at Bistronomy, checking out a few wineries and of course going back to the Farmers Market.

Anzac Day was on Monday, Roy attended dawn service at the soundshell on the Napier foreshore, he will elucidate later when he gets round to catching up with his view of the world.  

Al in all a lovely time spent in and around the Hawkes Bay, we were reluctant to leave but we are on a bit of a schedule as Brian & Marj have to be back in Auckland by mid May and there is the East Cape to explore.   Little did we know that our plans were to change again…..but more on that later.

Kairakau & Mangakuri Beaches

April 22, 2016

 

Our next port of call was Kairakau, a short distance as the crow flies, but a much longer trip zig zagging inland first to near Waipawa before then heading back out to the coast. 

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Looking south

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Looking north

Once we were parked and settled in, again no phone reception, as is evidenced by the very large range of bluffs behind the camping area cutting out communications which were at best sporadic all of the way up the coast.

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These bluffs meant that the sun was only on us until mid afternoon.  It would not be a place to be camped during the winter months. The colour is provided by the early morning light.

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The other end of the beach was a river mouth with a number of holiday homes and a small permanent population.

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Looking back from the river mouth to where we were camping looking over the camp ground in the foreground, we are faintly visible in the background.

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Mixed farming!  Geese and sheep sharing the same paddocks.

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Just before the beach there is this chasm cut between the coastal bluffs and a large singular rock formation.

From Kairakau we took a short drive to Mangakuri without camera.  It was a very long sandy beach (which beaches aren’t around here!) with a very small settlement.  However it has no motorhome parking available.  We both felt it would be a very attractive place to come back to and spend some time.

On to Porangahau via Wimbledon

April 22, 2016

 

Who knew that New Zealand had its own Wimbledon? I for one did not know until we passed through on our way to Porangahau from our Woodville interlude.   Wimbledon is apparently named after the English town renown for tennis, legend has it that the name stuck after a local farmer shot cattle at such a distance that a local remarked ‘that shot was good enough for Wimbledon’. 

There was a good area opposite the pub for us both to pull into with our rigs, it seemed only fair that we stayed for lunch.

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Parked on the side of the road

 

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The Wimbledon Tavern

A quick bite to eat and we were on our way again.

Our next stop was on the side of the road to see the hill known as "Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu", which translates into English as "the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as ‘landeater’, played his flute to his loved one." Locals simply call it Taumata Hill.  It is, apparently, the longest place name in the world.

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The Place name

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The description

We arrived in Porangahau to a welcome sign indicating where we are allowed to park.  The area is administered by the Central Hawkes Bay Council, permission is required to park in many of the places along this coast but all it takes is a quick phone call to organise (just ensure you do this before venturing to these beaches as reception in some of the beaches  is non existent).   Porangahau is a long sandy beach stretching for some distance

Marj has a new mode of transport…..a segway!  This is a great way for her to be able to accompany Brian on his daily walks  and she very kindly has allowed me to practise on it.

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Bernice and Brian walking with Marj wheeling along

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Bernice showing her skills.

Its a great mode of transport, which makes easy work of all types of surfaces including beaches, forest walks and even up and down small steps & slopes.  What’s more – its rather fun!

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No These are not Marj’s tracks in the sand.  They are made by some critter which I have been unable to identify.14

Obviously whatever it is has some form of legs on either side of its body.

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It’s tracks start and finish in this type of depression in the sand.

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And finally a seagull at dawn.