Thursday, 30 November 2017

Te Kaha Recreation Reserve

On our way to Te Kaha, we followed Garth & Helen and their bus (Garlen) off the main road to a spot at Torere where we stopped for lunch.

Back on the road, heading to Te Kaha. There were so many beautiful bays and a new view around every corner.

Eventually, we arrived at the Te Kaha Recreation Reserve.

There was plenty of room for us to stay . . .

. . .  but no cellphone coverage! No cellphone coverage for us means no internet. No internet means we cannot work. So our planned two-night stay was reduced to one.

The reserve was enjoyed by all. Horses and four-wheeled bikes obviously made the most of the beach area as well, and there was a playground in the centre.

Dave had a great conversation with three of the local pre-teens who came to check us out shortly after we arrived.

With no ability to work, we went out to explore. One side of the reserve has a stony beach. It is almost like walking in a gravel pit. You sink down into the stones, and jandals are no protection whatsoeveryou just end up walking on pebbles inside your jandals!

We walked towards where the reserve jutted out into the sea and came across a carving in a rock.

A closer view.

There was a beautiful pohutukawa, not quite fully in flower, but . . .

. . . there were patches of beautiful flowersa promise of the display to come.

The land area itself was private property, so we could not venture there. But with the tide out, we were were able to scramble over the rocks and enjoy the views. There were a lot of rock pools.

And White Island in the distance.

If we'd walked further up the beach parallel to the road, it may have less stony. But the other side of the reserve looked like it might be easier on the feet. Tomorrow . . .

It had been a cloudy, dull day, and the sunset was hazy.

The next morning, before we left Te Kaha, Lucy and I went to explore the sandier side of the reserve.

It was Monday morning and there were plenty of logging trucks already travelling up and down the road. This one was empty. Going the other way, they're all full.

It's not a large beach, and soon there was no more sand.

As we approached the end, I noticed a group of pied shags on the rocks just off shore.

Then one flew up to a tree! I had no idea these birds perched in trees, so I went to investigate. There were these two shags on a branch . . .

. . .having a few words to each other about whose branch it actually was.

I noticed the rocks I was standing on had these strange white markings. I looked directly up and . . . more shags. I beat a hasty retreat before I gathered some "strange white markings" on myself as well!

Looking back to where the rig and bus were parked.

Time to move off in search of cellphone and internet. More views along the way.

Raukokore Church

And another bay.

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Monday, 27 November 2017

Maraetotara Reserve, Ohope Beach

The first beach on our East Cape trip was Ohope Beach. We stayed at Maraetotora Reserve, arriving early when there was just one other motorhome and us. We were soon joined by a couple more.

By the time the sun went down, there were about ten or us in there . . . in the spot allocated to motorhomers. Happily, our friends Garth and Helen finally arrived in their bus "Garlen" and managed to fitour companions for the next couple of weeks.

Ohope Beach is a long beach11kmso not one that we walked from one end to the other. This is looking one way . . .

. . . then the other.

It's not far from Whakatane (about 12 minutes), and on the trip over the hill we managed to get a peek of the end of the beach through the magnificent pohutukawa trees that are just starting to flower.

There seems to be a lot of driftwood on the beach, which serves to make it more interesting . . . or untidy, depending on how you look at it. Dave describes it as "natural".

Indeed, some of the beach accesses are not as picture-perfect as at other beaches we've visited. But this relaxed charm tends to add to the true "kiwi beach holiday" experience.

Overall, another beautiful NZ beach, with so much space to enjoy. We are incredibly fortunateit's easy to forget how much so when we have so many spacious, magical places like this. . .

. . . and often just a few people and the seagulls to share them with.

Ohope is a safe swimming beach with white sands. Again, Lucy enjoyed her freedom as dogs are allowed off the leash on this beach. Just be sure to clean up after them or there's a $300 fine. I can't say I find that an unreasonable ask!

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