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... so the kiwi were hiding.
On to Jude's place for a lovely roast dinner and some more holiday planning. Just discovered how far away the East cape lighthouse is from Gisborne and I am still trying to squeeze it in. Over 700 steps to the top, we are planning on getting up early (does not sound like me at all) make the trek in the dark and see the sun rise. Fingers crossed for a sunny ...
... passed Clearview Winery where we picked up a bottle of Cape Kidnappers Merlot to try. We spent the night at the Clifton Road Reserve, right beside the sea, listening to the huge waves breaking on the shingle beach. The sunrise was stunning, and motivated I had a birthday paddle ... with all the foam it was like paddling in champagne! ...
... the music makes a big difference to a road trip. There's some decent tracks on 'tourism radio', but there's too much mediocre music. So the station Kirsty found was most refreshing.
Sadly it didn't last for long. We were driving up the dry, arid hills to take us over to the east coast and the signal didn't quite reach this far. About half way however we stop at Waipunga falls. A very pleasant surprise. A huge set of falls, with several cascades, dropping into a gorge. ...
... much needed land for expansion in later decades. A council was set up to organise the rebuild whilst businesses operated for 2 years from a tin town in a park. They decided they should build in a modern forward looking style. Art Deco was at its peak in places such as New York and was deemed both a safe and economical choice. The new concrete buildings were more resistant to earthquakes and fire, materials were cheap and the stucco relief ornaments typical of Art Deco offered a less ...
... and hanging upside down - of course, we didn't! The crew played a particularly cruel trick on Jane - telling her not to go just as she left the platform and couldn't turn back. 'I hate you.....' She shouted into the forest.
There was a serious bit to all the fun too. The zip lining was set up as part of a conservation project in the forest which aims to rid the forest of pests which were brought into NZ in the 19th century such as rats, stoats and possums ...