Jan 03

Day 11: Opotiki to Napier via Tokomaru Bay

by in Accommodation NZ, New Zealand Travel, Sightseeing NZ

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We left Whakatane at 8 am. Ohope Beach was full of people trying to have fun before the sun came out from behind the clouds. The hills along the way have many detours and temporary repairs owing to landslides, but posed no problems for us.

For us, Opotiki was  just a place to fill up with petrol at a reasonable price until we would reach Gisborne later in the day.

 

Opotiki

Main street, Opotiki

There are some beautiful old public buildings in the main street, but we needed to be on our way, so we didn’t stop to explore.

 

Opotiki

Opotiki Court House

We didn’t have any problems with the roads, which are clearly the road less travelled, but narrow and prone to land slides. The councils seem to carve a new bypass very quickly.

Tokomaru Bay

Tokomaru Bay

Tokomaru Bay presents spectacular sea views, particularly on a sunny day with clear skies, but it has a lot of boarded up shops at the beach. The local economy seems nonexistent. We saw a few homes on large blocks along the route with no sign of cultivation around them. Perhaps the locals live on very little or leave for the larger cities and overseas?

Tokomaru Bay

Boarded-up store in Tokomaru Bay

Tokomaru Bay

Derelict building on the other side of the T intersection, Tokomaru Bay

 

Tokomaru Bay

Tokomaru Bay

After lunch at the Te Puka Tavern, which overlooks the bay, we were off and stopped at Tolaga Bay. It has a few streets and showed more signs of life than Tokomaru Way. There was an air ambulance in one of the streets with lots of flashing police lights, but we couldn’t stop to sticky-beak.

Tolaga Bay

Tolaga Bay

 

Tolaga Bay

Tolaga Bay

Gisborne is a largish country town that services the Poverty Bay region surrounding it. It is not as big as Napier, our destination that day.

Gisborne

Gisborne

 

Petrol

We filled up with petrol for NZ$71.74 at Opotiki and later in Wairoa for $92.93.

Telecom NZ coverage

There was no reception for most of the way from Opotiki until Gisborne, other than short patches, so Foursquare and texting were impossible.

Napier Motel

We stayed at the At The Rocks Motor Lodge, 27 Meeanee Quay, Napier. Everything was fresh and clean. This was the only place in our trip with free WiFi and it was the best hotel of the trip.

 

Shower/spa, At The Rocks Motor Lodge

Shower/spa, At The Rocks Motor Lodge

Bedroom, At The Rocks Motor Lodge

Bedroom, At The Rocks Motor Lodge

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