Posted by: Rowan | November 16, 2009

Daylight Approximate Time

Up on the East Cape there ain’t a lot of cover if you’re an 027 customer. Speaking personally, I didn’t mind a bit but I wouldn’t want to go without for too long. But I’ll come to that in a moment.

In the meantime, you might like to enjoy breakfast at Anaura Bay. Have a taste of this:


This was served up by Judy, the owner of the Rangimarie homestay. Judy’s banana bread deserves an entry in the Guinness Book of Records.

Anaura Bay is prime-time beautiful. The bluest of blue seas wash onto a gold sand beach stretching three or four kilometers, and it’s all enclosed in greenness. The hills around are a mix of farmland, wet Eastland forest and some rock-face at the south. As hills go they’re nothing to sneeze at either.

We had a chat with a lady tending her veges as we wandered down the beach one day. Her garden backed onto the sands of Anaura Bay. Her mokopuna went to the school at the end of the bay, and she worked at the school too. She’s very fortunate in some ways, maybe not in all.

Back to the 027 coverage. So after a couple of unconnected days at Anaura Bay we headed up through Tokomaru Bay, Ruatoria, Hicks Bay, Te Kaha for a couple of days, Opotoki, back through the Waioeka Gorge to Gisborne and ultimately home.

The road from Te Araroa to the East Cape lighthouse cost us a tyre. And the resonator crapped out coming down the Waioeka Gorge, so our arrival back in Gisborne on day five was noticeable from about 300m away.

But from Gisborne all the way round the East Cape and back to Gisborne I gave up on cellphone and internet and it was just fabulous.

For five days I got used to checking the time by looking at the timestamp on the last photo in my camera. And close enough was good enough.

I think I want to go back and help that lady with her veges or something.


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