Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sunrise each day. It’s a very small “city”. Not much to do there except explore the beaches and the old Historic Wharf. It took us about 8 hours to get here (truly 8 hours on the roads here, feels like 12 because their so windy). We arrived to our hotel pretty late, so we didn’t get to do anything except get some greasy fried fish from the only place open past 8. Basically a heart attack in a bag. UGH.
The next day we drove to a few beaches in hopes for a beach day. We drove about an hour away to the ‘Tolaga Bay Wharf’ and had our “beach day” there, yet it was really windy and cold.
Late in the day when it was starting to get really cold, we headed back to town. I heard there was a winery out here named “Kirkpatrick Estate Winery” which I was intrigued by because it’s my last name, and it’s not a very COMMON last name. So we drove there, even though they were closed, I still wanted to check it out. Really small and quaint vineyard.
After snapping a few photos, we headed back to the hotel. I went for a nice swim in the pool (Patty Cake was too cold, haha), then we showered and got ready for a night out to dinner. Guess where we had our wonderful dining experience? ‘Lone Star’, the American chain restaurant. Lets just say, they really didn’t have many dining options. After our gloriously overpriced meal there, we headed to bed for an early rise the next morning.
We woke up at 6 a.m. to catch the sunrise around 7. We watched the sun rise at the infamous ‘Wainui Beach’. (Best place for sunrise, recommended by the locals). It was a VERY cold morning. Before the sun rose, I set my camera up on the tripod, but it wasn’t strapped on because I was missing the bottom piece to it. Just my luck, the wind blew my camera over, straight into the sand. AH, I almost cried. The wet sand got jammed into the lens, view finder, everything. I got most of the sand out, but since it was wet, it fogged up the inside of my view finder, so it seemed impossible to catch a good photo because they all looked blurry to me. Thankfully once I loaded them onto my computer, most of them had actually turned out really good.
After sunrise, we had to head back to Auckland. Our trips always seem way too short. We stopped at another historic wharf that was literally falling apart- ‘Hicks Bay Wharf’.
We wanted to stop at the East Cape Lighthouse, which was 3 hours away, and ‘kind of’ on the way back home. The drive was so beautiful. On one side was the ocean, and the other was rolling green hills. A camera couldn’t even capture just how beautiful it was. It was definitely worth the drive!! Once you arrived to a certain point, you parked your car, and set out by foot. You climb 800 stairs to the top of the hill where the lighthouse sets. Out in the distance, is an uninhabited island. I have a fascination with islands, especially uninhabited ones. It was an incredible view!
We headed towards Auckland, but stopped at a beach to take a half hour nap in the sun. It was a gloriously hot and beautiful day, and we were exhausted. Of course a 30 minute nap flies by too fast, but it was better than nothing. The drive was very isolated. There were random houses and abandoned churches and schools along the way. We didn’t pass any sort of ‘business’ for about 4 hours. Not even a petrol station. How do these people get petrol? Or food for that matter? Don’t get me wrong, it was an absolutely beautiful isolated area, but I don’t think I would be happy being that far way from EVERYTHING. Craziness.
We arrived back in Auckland, late that night. Did a load of laundry, and got ourselves ready to go to to work the next day! 🙂