A beautiful sunrise greeted us, with mist from last nights rain hanging over the bay.
Today we ventured out despite predictions of rain to explore close to ‘home’. We drove the 10 km to Opua and found the much bigger harbour full of cabin cruisers and sailboats.
We enjoyed cappuccinos as we walked around admiring the boats and the eclectic art scattered around the harbour.
We also discovered the car ferry that will transport you and your car the short distance to the peninsula where Russell is located, a much shorter route than driving there, and the Coastal Walkway that connects Opua with Piahia in several sections.
We walked to English Bay and decided we would walk back, get the car, drive to the parking area at English Bay and walk the next section of the walkway. When we got there with the car, there were no parking spaces left, so we drove on to the next section parking area to walk back to English Bay. We started across a wooden walkway and bridge through a mangrove forest then headed up, up, up the trail, of course going further up to a lookout!
The view was great, but a little hazy with the cloudy skies and moisture in the air.
On the way down from the lookout we were caught in the rain that finally arrived, and we never got to English Bay! But for a ‘rainy’ day we did a lot of sightseeing and walking!