Gisborne to Rotorua

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April 13th 2007
Published: April 13th 2007
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The lovely old vintage carsThe lovely old vintage carsThe lovely old vintage cars

We overtook the convoy of these earlier. They caught us up in Wairoa.
Intended following the coast road around the East Cape, but Motel lady said weather forecast bad and the road so windy and hilly that it would take 6 hours non-stop driving, so we decided to head instead for Rotorua. We first headed down an alternative route back through lovely landscapes back to Wairoa . We came on a delightful convoy of vintage cars out for a drive. (We couldn’t resist another coffee and cake session at our favourite bakery café on reaching Wairoa). At this point I made the big mistake of misreading the map and assumed that the road to Rotorua, although long was a good sealed road. The first 50km were fine and sealed. I discovered soon that it became a gravel track but unwisely decided to continue. The road became far worse and more twisty and steep and by then I’d gone too far to turn back. Then the rain started to come down more heavily making the gravel tracks even more treacherous. Some of the streams gushing with water were not encouraging. The dirt track went on for hours and hours. The scenery was wild and magnificent especially as we skirted Lake Waikaremoana which never seemed
Typical wild sceneryTypical wild sceneryTypical wild scenery

This was the view from the forest dirt road - felt very remote
to end but the concentrating on the road made it hard to enjoy. Thankfully the rain eased and although onerous it became a pain but not dangerous. When we eventually reached the normal road it was a great relief and we sped quickly to Rotorua. We were immediately entranced by the steaming volcanic pools in the park next to the YHA where we were staying.


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