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Travel Blogs from Whitianga
... and a basic cooker. So it wasn't too bad better than Jake described it! On the first day we walked up Shakespeare cliff which had a pretty cool view, then we went down to Cook's beach. It was a 2km ish beach with no one one it, so Jake and I went swimming, as it's autumn is was a little chilly, but no too bad! Then played a giant game of pictionary on the beach, mainly as it was better than sun bathing!
The next day was a ...
... for a couple of hours. The beach here was lovely with tiny islands in the bay.
We drove around to Cooks beach where we eventually found a safe place for the night on top of the hill at Shakespeare Cliff Reserve which is also used as a tsanami refuge. The views from the lookout were a perfect way to end the day as the sun set.
At 7am we watched the sunrise from the viewpoint before ...
... just need someone who has eaten alot of beans!
Then we cycled to a place called catherdral bay - the photos do not do this place justice!
Then on the way back we stopped at a winery for some free tasting - the guy who ran it was mental, couldn't understand a word he said but the wine/drink we tried was lovely!
(our bums really hurt)
... Darryl pointed out the shallow caves set into the rocky cliff face that enclosed one end of the beach. According to Maori legend, one has to be very careful straying too far into the caves as to not come across a tunefa, or cave spirit. These mysterious shape-shifters are guardians of the water and will gobble up whoever is careless enough to come close to them.
After returning to the beach, Bill and I wandered to the other side of the archway to find a more open, ...
... took about 5minutes and I was in the sea. The waves were awesome! Between 5 and 10 sea horses (Boase will know what I mean). Back in the bath and I'm getting bored, somehow Liz isn't. I started to dig between the different bath people had made and abandoned, to make all the water flow into ours. It got too hot. Another dip in the sea and away we went for a walk ...