Black sand and lots of tree trunks washed up on the beach
Looking towards where we are going
Sadly this lake had lots of green algae growing on it, but the reflections look pretty good. We continued on along narrow and windy roads until we got to Wairoa, where we stopped for a drink.
It was lovely down by the river.
More narrow and windy road and we found a look out and had out first view of Gisborne
Up here we could here tui and bellbirds in the bush.
More windy narrow road followed and we finally got to Gisborne, we had a extra tiki tour as we couldn't find the info office.....this town must be the only town I know that has their info signs in green, I am used to them being blue!! Gives us an extra challenge!!
We finally found it got some maps and then went and had lunch by the beach
This is Waikanae Beach. So nice to sit here and watch the world go by.
We drove up Kaiti Hill to see the view
Looking over the port and to the surf beach
Isn't that a beautiful bay?
Bay, port, surf beach and town.
We stopped and had a look at the statue of Captain Cook, as he landed here in October 1769. I read that the statue is most likely of some Italian gentleman as the uniform is not an Engligh naval uniform and the face does not look like Captain Cook.....debate rages here as to whether it stays or goes...makes for good photos though!!
The wrong gentleman!!
The plaque commemorates the beginning of New Zealand as a nation.
We have been so lucky with the weather, sunny days all except one and then I think it was half a day.
Off to Tauranga next.