Gisborne Maori country
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
189Trip End Mar 16, 2009
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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
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.