Opotiki to Thames

No natural hazards to avoid today, so we took a trip up the east coast. First stop Whakatane where the sun came out so we took a trip up to the viewpoint above the town and then a walk along the shore.


The statue represents the story of a Maori woman who had to rescue a canoe of supplies after it drifted out to sea. Women weren’t supposed to row apparently but the men were busy exploring new lands (or something like that!).

img_6309 Wairaka

We then moved on down the coast to Mount Maunganui where we watched some people surfing. Tom would like you to believe that this is him, but unfortunately it’s not true.

Recognise anyone? Surfing in Mount Maunganui Mount Maungannui

Final stop of the day was MacLaren Falls before we headed for the motel. We¬† worked out that by the time we’ve dropped the car off back in Auckland we’ll have done about 1,000 miles in NZ. Better add that to the offsetting account!

McLaren Falls

[Tom: - No photos with this post yet, because the wifi in this coffee shop is painfully slow. I'll add them to flickr when I get a better connection: http://flickr.com/photos/tdroza]

4 Comments to “Opotiki to Thames”

  1. steve 3 October 2009 at 7:48 pm #

    I’m afraid you need to post more entries so I can imagine I am there too rather than going to work in the cold everyday.

    Post more entries ;) ….and more pictures. The excuses of expensive coffees don’t cut it with me.

  2. tdroza 4 October 2009 at 4:56 am #

    Steve: We’ve taken just over 500 pics so far – you’ll have to come to Ipswich when we’re back home and I can bore you with all of them! We’ve just been checking out your map with recommended sights – going to try a couple of bars tonight.

  3. steve 4 October 2009 at 2:50 pm #

    cool we’ll have to come down. I want to see more pics of the places we never went to like opitikpikipoki.

    Try Doyles one day for sea food. Great ferry trip. Book a table on their website and sit by the beach. Beautiful…if the weathers good.

    P.S. Alot of the hostels have washing machines you can use – have a look on yha.com.au

  4. tdroza 7 October 2009 at 3:25 am #

    Not many pictures of Opotiki because it’s been a bit of a lowpoint so far in terms of location and accommodation. Probably best avoided. Whakatane (or is it Whatakane?) and Mount Maunganui are well worth a visit though.

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