Destinations

Go East! Maraehako Bay to Gisborne.

Today we left our peaceful beach hostel to head back along the coast to Gisborne. Our first stop was to the most eastern town in New Zealand, Te Araroa, there was visited Waha-o-Rerekahu; the largest Pohutakawa tree in the world over 600 years old.

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East Cape, similar to the North Cape one I have on my blog as well .

Ancient Pohutakawa Tree

Ancient Pohutakawa Tree 2

This tree was spectacular, pictures just don’t do it justice. You can really tell there was something magical almost about it as stated in the ancient Maori legends.

We continued our drive with a stop at the Tikitiki Anglican Church, built to honour the soldiers that fought in WWI and WWII. Inside the church was a visual feast, everything from the roof to the floor was either carved or painted to tell an ancient Maori story or history. The amount of detail present was truly remarkable.

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Sorry, my camerawork failed on this one

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Our next stop was to the Tolaga Bay Wharf, New Zealand’s longest wharf at 600 meters long.

Tolaga Bay Wharf 1

The wharf used to be used as a main shipping port on the East Cape but was later abandoned and now it’s just a tourist attraction.

Originally we where supposed to jump off the wharf, but I reasoned with sanity an opted to build up my tan. Besides, you can tell the wharf hasn’t received service in some while due to the many openings of exposed steel bars in the walls.

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Omg no bars here!

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After this I had a random spur of the moment activity choice and decided to feed stingrays! I really didn’t think I would be scared of the stingrays but as soon as I saw them swimming around my feet I started freaking out. They where huge, and very powerful, the largest weighing about 200kg!

Sexy Stingray Feeding

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There was two types we swam with, short tail; which where the large stingrays and the same bread that kill Steve Irwin. And the other type which where at least 1/3 of the size, and much more friendlier.

Stingray Feeding

It took me awhile to get the guts to feed them because petting them felt like slimy velvet. And when you feed them it was like a suction cup on your hands.

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On the way to our hostel we had a quick peak at the beach where the people of the Whale Riders came from, as popularized by the 2002 Oscar nominated movie Whale Rider. We actually ended up watching that movie during some free time that evening, since so few of us had seen the movie before.

Whale Rider Location

To top off the evening we had a wine tasting via Longbush Wines, based in Gisborne which is world renown for its white wines.

Longbush Wine Tasting

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We ended up trying 6 types of wines, 2 Chardonnays, a Savgion Blanc, Vioneny, Pinot Grigo, and a Gzertmeizer. My favorite was the vionny. And I got to indulge myself on a feast of brie cheese and crackers, my favorite!

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6 Comments

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    LiveAndLetDice
    March 26, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    That wharf is crazy, 600m!!
    Ah, thinking about Steve Irwin’s death still makes me so sad, such a great guy :(
    200kgs though? MONSTER!

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    jimmbboe
    March 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Lol love the look on your face when you’re going to feed the stingrays!

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    Bryony
    March 27, 2010 at 12:53 am

    I cant believe your in New Zealand for a year thats really cool youve done lots of cool stuff so far, I live here and I havent done any of that stuff its awful really but I’ve definitely decided I should, I’ve been following your videos for awhile now your really talented keep up the good work :) hope you have an awesome year.

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    Don (dspid2404)
    March 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Question – When your feeding the stingrays, what is the bamboo stick for?

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      nadine
      March 28, 2010 at 1:41 am

      It to push back the stingrays if they get to close to your legs. :)

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    Ed
    April 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Your nervous face reminded me of charlie brown’s nervous face. i don’t know why.

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