Hicks Bay - Opotiki

Trip Start Feb 28, 2006
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Trip End Apr 06, 2006


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Friday, March 10, 2006

Well we were on the most eastly point in new zealand now so we had to make the effort of getting up in the morning to take some photos but it was a little dissapointing due to it being over cast but you cant have everything (something you really reliase when travelling).

It was a really cold night last night and it was the first time i had to use my sleeping bag, ahh well something you can put up with when you got such a great view. looking from your bed at a clear night with tons of stars just twinkling.

Today we left for Opotiki another coastal jorney but this time we were right on the coast rather than inland.

My original plan was to goto Whakatane but i was getting a free ride to Opotiki so it was ok. The east cape is amazing with plenty of scenery something you cant really get fed up with.

One little tip around the east cape is make sure you have some Insect repellant, while sitting around having tea at Mels place my feet just got bitten and bitten, I have not counted but it looks something in the region of 100 bites argggghhhh, how fustrating on top of that I left my flip flops at mels place so I had to wear my boots making the bites more irritable.

We stopped at a small cafe specialising in Nut everything, great for me when i dont eat nuts, but they made up for it with some lemon cake.

We arrived in Opotiki around lunchtime, and I introduced the aunts to a proper backpackers rather than a YHA, instead of paying their $35 each for a twin room i got them a twin for just $35 bargin, mine beening the cheapest of the trip at $15. We spent the night at Central Oasis backpackers.

It was a little oasis with a hamock and an amazing bench must have been the size of a pool table with lots of Maoris carvings in it.

The hostel was run buy a German family who were really helpful and friendly, here I met two brits, Glynn and Katie from Crawly. They had been here for 6 months travllling around the north and the south island soon to be going home in two weeks.

They were really down to earth and not really big headed like some travellers you meet. This trip has really opened my eyes. You meet so many people and talk to so many people, but some just seem to be wrapped up in their own little world, travelling from place to place without a care for people around them.

Opotiki itself was a strange place, all the other places I had been had a friendly safe feeling to the area, where you could walk around without a worry. Opotiki was diferent it has a high Maori population, and there seems to be two main gangs in this area. I just did not feel so comfortable as i did in other places i'd stayed at.

I only stayed on Opotiki for one night and had booked myself out of here to Tauranga the next day.

Rich
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