November 11, 2023 Random (Day 45)

This is a planning and preparation day for a 3 day road trip starting tomorrw. We’re going to venture to a remote area of the north island, the east cape. It boasts the most easterly point of New Zealand, the East Cape Lighthouse. Unfortunately we can’t get there, the road crosses private land and they have closed it indefinitely, probably due to the terrific storm Gabrielle that hit the area Feb. 13-14, 2023. But there will be plenty to see on this 800km loop trip!

We started this morning with a loop walk to town and up the Gully back to the B&B.

The spikey plants in the front are what they call Harakeke flax here. It’s actually a type of lily and was the go-to plant for all things Maori! They identified many types and cultivated it for the fiber, for basket weaving, rope making and even for weaving cloth!

Some random colorful pictures of things we’ve seen;

Wild iris from South Africa just started blooming in the garden!

A beautiful mural on the Waterfront in Tauranga.

A colorful bathroom at a fishing spot on Lake Rotoiti.

Another bathroom at Okere Falls. The public bathrooms are usually clean and well stocked!

One Response to “November 11, 2023 Random (Day 45)”

  1. Sam Says:

    You’re color-matched to that toilet mural!

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