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Reisverslag Bay of Plenty
1 maart 2015
Bay of Plenty
Dave had sent word to his brother in Awakeri that we may drop in. I had met Mike and Shirley some 25 years ago on my first trip to NZ. Then they had just started their farm and had their first child. I remember being impressed how they tried to live off the land. We had walked up the hills and picked 2 buckets full of mushrooms. That with some eggs was a fantastic meal. Now they both are running a horticultural farm. Growing flowers and green’s for export. The plan is to grow flowers in the summer and then enjoy life in the winter (hunting, fishing, travelling). They gave us some home grown apples and lemons as well as freshly caught fish for the road. How simple life can be.
In Whakatane we parked the car at the seafront and dropped in to the local tourist information office. There a Maori woman taught me a Maori greeting (a Hongi), shaking hand and rubbing noses together. We followed their advise and visited the small waterfall which runs off the cliffs behind the village and dropped in to the local Maori community hall (Mataatua Wharenui, The house that came home). It was built for Queen Victory and as such travelled the world for 140 year till it finally came back home. In the evening we camped after driving some 149 km over a winding hilly beach road at a small camping site (next to the beach) on the side of the bay at Opape and had another lovely fish meal.
The next day we drove further around the bay. The road was cut out of the cliff. Sometimes we had a view of the lovely bay’s. Each small town we drove through had a school with a Maori decorative arch in front.
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5 maart 2015 13:39 | Door: Jeanne Cornelissen
Hoi Jamaliah en Ruud,wat mooi om te lezen.Prachtig landschap,lekker zomer aan de andere kant van de wereld.Heerlijk.Fijn dat je bergschoentjes goed bevallen Rudy,ik verwacht vele klimpartijen nu !!!
We wensen jullie een hele goeie reis verder en geniet er van. Groetjes van Henn en Jeanne