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So after the night with Cleo I had a 8 hour drive in some pouring rain to Whitianga. Pronounced "Fit-e-anga"... it's how they tell who the tourists are. Anyways, I was here because I heard about a place called Hot Water Beach. There is some sort of thermal activity that is awesome.
So basically, I got in to Whitianga at 7pm because it was a tough drive and I am a sucker for scenic lookouts. I went to Lou's lookout in ...
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From the Kauaeranga valley walk to Mt Rowe 3 hours
Bush bash to waterfall 2 hours (that’s 250m per hour)
Waterfalls 3 hours
R1 5m swim 5m or bush scramble
R2 1 bolt 20m abseil, swim,20m abseil, swim
R3 2 bolts, Abseil 20m waist deep water
R4 Log abseil 10m
We took 50m of rope plus a 50m pulldown.
Waterfalls to bivi ...
... It once belonged to Albert’s
uncle and aunt.
A walk to the beach will take less than 5 minutes, and
from there the view is marvellous. Tairua river on one side, Mt.
Pauanui, today its top crowned by clouds, on the other, and Slipper Island out
in the Pacific. Shoe Island it not
visible from here, as it is behind Tairua Mountain.
We did some shopping, then had drinks and a good
dinner out on the terrace. We ought not ask for more!
... for his first surfing lesson. "Well," I said, "You've mastered the ironing board, so a surf board should be child's play."
He took to it like the proverbial duck to water. Luckily, by then I had finished my woman's work and was able to snap this picture of him in action. It's a shame the definition is quite good enough for you to appreciate the finer points of his technique. He may lose his glasses, but he's a master of the ...
... That evening we had a huge barbeque organised by our bus driver, Postie (we totalled a bus by driving into a post in his first week). Plenty of meat and salad and dessert for just $10 (£6). Bargain, considering that food over here is so expensive.
We needed to leave at 7am the next morning, so most were in bed by midnight. There's so much to do and see in NZ I think it'll be like this every day, but better to have early starts than waste the day.
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