We drove to the end of East Cape Road and then walked up about 700 steps to the East Cape Lighthouse.
When we got to the top of the hill the sun was hiding behind the clouds unfortunately, but the view was still beautiful.
This lighthouse was built more than 100 years ago and was originally on this little island called Whangaokena or East Island. It was moved over here in 1922 because the island was too unstable.
On the way back down the hill, we stopped to look at some of the plants.
This is Rangiora.
I think this Mānuka … or it could be Kānuka. Those two are hard to tell apart.
We drove back down East Cape Road and stopped at the camping ground so we could find the manager and pay the fee. It was $11.50.
We saw lots of cows gathering in the field opposite the camping ground.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard such loud mooing in my life.
In Te Araroa we had a look inside the Matakaoa Information Centre. We checked the weather report and bought a couple of postcards.
Around the corner we saw the world’s biggest Pōhutukawa tree. According to this sign, the tree’s more than 350 years old. Its name is Te Waha O Rerekohu.
Sir Apirana Ngata was born here in Te Araroa. He’s the guy on the $50 note in New Zealand.
He was a politician and a lawyer … and apparently he was the first New Zealander to get a double degree.
A bit further up the road we stopped for a coffee at the East Cape Mānuka Visitor Centre.
They make and sell Mānuka oil here.
We stopped at Waihau Bay to check out some of the locations of a New Zealand movie called Boy.
View Boy - movie locations in a larger map
I bought an ice block from this shop like the main character does in the movie.
In the movie they ate the ice blocks over here … but it was raining so I sat in front of the shop.
I also got the flavour wrong because I couldn't remember what it was at the time. I bought orange, but in the movie he buys what looks like lemonade ice blocks.
It turns out we were in the middle of a tropical cyclone called Wilma.
We were pretty happy not to be in a tent that night.
mooing sound * we recorded this sound, free for everyone to use
licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
from: Helsinki, Finland
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
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