After taking care of bills back home, we headed out on another loop trip to find fish & chips for lunch. We decided to take some backroads through forests. Gravel roads through the woods are common for us in Oregon, but add the tropical aspect and it is fantastic!
We were glad that the holiday is over, fewer cars on the road, in fact we saw more hikers on the road than cars! Part of the roads we took are a section of the Te Araroa trail.
We went up over the mountains (hills?) and down to a beach where we saw surfers. We continued around the curvy roads to another beach at Whangaruru South (we were at Whangaruru North on Oct. 16). There is a fish & chips shop there, but it was closed, probably to recover from Labour Weekend which ended yesterday. It was windy and no one was on the beach, all the houses looked closed up, curtains drawn, probably until the next holiday! We continued to Helena Bay, a tiny beach, with no services. The road then went uphill towards the Helena Bay Gallery & Cafe. We drove into their beautiful grounds, filled with art, and then discovered that the cafe is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays! We had a feast for the eyes only at the gallery!
We were hungry now! So we headed back to Paihia and finally found our fish & Chips at the local Swordfish Club!