Gisborne Maori country

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Mar 16, 2009

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Saturday, March 8, 2008

We only left Napier after lunch as we were able to take advantage of the 24 hour Internet access we purchased; WiFi seems to be pretty rare in some parts of New Zealand even though it's 2008. It's amazing how much admin and e-mails pile up over a few days so it was a relief to get up to date. 
From Napier we headed north along the east cost to Gisborne centrally situated in Poverty Bay which was so named by Captain James Cook in 1769 after they attempted to replenish supplies but instead became supplies for the local Maoris. More importantly Gisborne is NZ most easterly city and the first city in the country to see the sunrise. So we were going to have to make an effort to be the first to witness dawn in NZ.
Our accommodation for the night was at a backpackers called the flying nun which used to be an old convent. It had great facilities and a huge kitchen. Fortunately there were 3 TV rooms so I was able to claim one as the rugby room and settled in to watch the Cheetahs Chief game, the Cheetahs unfortunately didn't win but it was still nice to watch.
Next morning we were up early since I had no idea what time the sun would rise. Since we've been traveling getting up at the crack of dawn has never been a priority. So I set the alarm for 5:45 and we were on our way down to the beach by 6:00 in pitch darkness. Only at about 7:59 did the first ray of sun light appear so it was a good thing that we stocked up with jumbo coffees. We were well rewarded for our wait and watching the transition for dark to light over the ocean was amazing. I took about 300 photos of which I now need to choose just a few so as not to bore everyone with seeing every millimeter of the sunrise.

Other great news was that we both became uncle and aunt for the second time today. My sister Natalie gave birth to her second, Ruby who Gabriel and I have also named Rocket Dog. Congratulations Natalie, Ibrahim and Gabriel we are very pleased for you and please send us some photos we cant wait to see our new niece.
After a quick breakfast of toast and honey we hit the road and headed up the coast via the scenic East Coast route. The East Coast road to Whakatane is twice as long as the direct route across country but had a lot more historical Maori site along the way which is what we were traveling up the east coast to see.
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nataliezeid on

Missing you both very much....
Dear Uncle Ryan and Aunty Inge-Marie,

Was very emotional to read your blog about the sunrise and then getting news of Ruby's birth. We really hope that you can both manage to get out here at some point and see her. Ibrahim and I both feel so blessed for the wonderful birth experience we had with Ruby and are just enjoying our new expanded family so much.

You both seem to be having such wonderful experiences too and we all just wish you all the best and so many more amazing experiences along the way.

Take care and thanks for the kind wishes.

We love you both very much

Natalie, Ibrahim, Gabriel and Ruby Malaika

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