First place in Southern hemisphere to see sunrise
Trip Start Jun 17, 2010
41Trip End Jun 12, 2011
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Where I stayed
A random Maori family home
I phone up a motel - the last place in my lonely planet - priced at $89 a night - uhhh I don't think so
As luck would have it, as I was driving out of town I spotted a sign "backpackers home stay" so I turn off to explore, I may be in luck! I arrive at a big old house, and spot 2 Maori people in the garden, and ask if they have room - sweet! I was in luck! Basically the family let out a room for travelers as they know there isn't alot of choice in the area, only an expensive motel. So I was literally a guest in their home. It was a really cool experience though, very friendly, the kids wanted to know about England, and our native animals - not that I could really tell them much about our native animals!! Their house was interesting, the lady had set up a studio/ arts room in the living room, open for people to view/buy things - they had a bath outside underneath the stars heated by a gas burner that they slid underneath the bath
The next morning I get up very early to drive out to the lighthouse for sunrise. Most of the road is unsealed, and bumpy! Very impressed I haven't had a flatty yet on all these unsealed roads I keep going on.
When I get there, I find 4 other cars already there, clearly they camped out last night, so I could have done the same! - but there was no one around, I thought they were already at the lighthouse. It took me a while to figure out how to get up to the lighthouse, I has to pass through private land to get to the steps - all 755 of them - man that was hard work in the morning, especially with a bad chest I had been holding on too for 3 weeks now. It was getting lighter and lighter and I thought I had missed it!! But I got to the top, and I was the only one up there!! and I hadn't missed it! There was a bit of low cloud, so it was not a perfect rise, but was still amazing, one girl literally got there as it broke, she was lucky! It was worth the effort of the day before and I was really pleased I was saw the sunrise before anyone else did that day in the whole of the the Southern Hemisphere
Well I had a good head start to the day, I got some petrol when that opened! and I continued my journey around the east coast. I stop at Morere hot springs where I take a dip in the hot natural springs - careful not to put my head under with all the signs warning of Amoebic meningitis around! I'm going to miss all these lovely hot springs - this is the last one I will have!
The next stop was at a place called Wairoa. I check into a camping ground where I was told there was a backpacker lodge, it was a bit more expensive, but I actually had the whole lodge to myself, so that was nice. There was not long left of the day, so I took a drive around and stopped at some beaches, I found my very own Paua shell on the beach, so I plan to polish it when I get back home. Back at the lodge, I have a bottle of wine and get drunk alone! singing along to my mp3 songs! ha ha ha