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December 2, 2020

We hit the road early and drove past Paua beach and it’s many permanent campers and went to Loisels Beach at Waihau Bay. We were the only souls there, yet the campsite had 22 empty caravans parked there. It was a little weird. Kind of like a ghost town.

The beach was really quite nice, but no good for fishing, despite the picture of a man fishing there on our map. We thought it was a bit too shallow for fish. We stayed there for lunch, Darren and Boy had a swim and then I washed my hair in the sea. After that, we drove back out  and onward to Tolaga Bay.

At Tolaga Bay we had a look at the town and marveled at how such a tiny grocery store could have almost everything you would need. It had a general store feel to it. We bought some milk. Then we drove to the campsite and called it a night. We were almost the only ones there, and no campervans littering the lawn.

December 3, 2020

In the morning I did a lot of meal prep, then we packed a lunch and walked the 600 m out to the end of the warf. It was windy out there! But we managed to keep our hats… And our plates with only one mishap. Darren then tried fishing but sad to say, didn’t even get a bite.

The kids and I walked back to get some coats and met Darren back at the end, where we took some photos and then gathered up our things and went back to the bus. We drove to a little park so the kids could play. The town was quite friendly. Some kids gave Boy and Girl a lolly each. Girl fell and scraped her knee, but Darren saved the day by buying popsicles. Back at our camp site, we had dinner and then I did some laundry by hand before calling it a night.

December r 4, 2020

We just did some ‘housework’ today. I hung laundry in the sun, cooked and tidied up for the weekend. We lazed around our campsite and enjoyed the nice weather.

December 5, 2020

On this day I did some crafts in the morning with the kids and then after lunch we took a walk up to the top of the Tatarakahe Cliff walk, which was a short walk up to the top of the cliffs that line Tolaga Bay. At the top, we were surprised to notice how the cliffs decend almost as quickly on the other side. We had 360° views from the top except for a tree that was in the way. It was a short and steep climb, but we all did well. It was fun to spot our bus far below, and to look at all the things look so tiny.

December 6, 2020

I packed a lunch and we drove to the trailhead of the Cooks Cove walkway. Darren went fishing and the kids and I walked up steep farmland to a tall lookout over the Cove where Captain Cook came and restocked on firewood, water and food. It was one of the first places he visited on his first trip to New Zealand. The locals here were very friendly upon his arrival. After 6 days he continued around the coast of New Zealand.

This walk was really quite neat for me. Mostly because 8 years ago, plus just a few days, I did this walk as my first ever bush walk in New Zealand. Little did I know then, that I would come back and do it again with my then unborn children. Back then, I had thoughts of staying but really only dreamed of staying maybe 3 years. A couple months ago I recieved citizenship in New Zealand. I am really glad I was able to come back to this place.

After the lookout, the trail literally plunged down, down, down, into the bush, made of twisted and whimsical trees, until we came to the very bottom at near sea level and a short walk to Cook’s Cove. My phone didn’t charge the previous night, so I wasn’t able to get a photo of the kids in front of it… I’m really sad about that, but I’ve included a photo I found online. The kids had a realy good time. They ran and played on the down and flat parts, and didn’t complain much on the ups.

After climbing back up through the trees and back down the farmland, we met Darren at the bus. He didn’t catch any fish, but did see a ‘captain cooker’ down at the river. That is, a wild boar initially brought over by Captain Cook himself. Darren said it was unusually friendly, and we wondered if it was someone’s pet. After a short rest, we drove to Tokomaru Bay for the night. The kids played in the sand and Darren fished some more before bedtime, catching a small kahawai.

Cooks Cove. Click photo to see the original.
A ‘captain cooker’

December 7, 2020

We have had a lot of curveballs come to us this past week. We started our trip without an end date in mind. First, we decided to return home early January to get ready for my new job, then Darren got a phone call for an appointment we need to be back for just before Christmas, and then we talked with a lady that may have somewhere for us to stay while I work next year, and she needs to meet us before December 14. So, we’ve decided to accelerate our travels and head home by the end of the week. Because of this, we didn’t stay in Tokomaru Bay another night, but headed off to see the rest of East Cape.

Kawakawa Tree leaves and berries. Also is known as the Pepper Tree. Berries taste tropical, but full of small black seeds that taste like black pepper. Leaves can be used to make soothing lotions.

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It’s that time again, for another installment of Trivia New Zealand! I will be breaking the topic of history into a few posts because there is quite a bit of information. regarding my Visa, my application arrived at the New Zealand Embassy this morning and I will hopefully hear back from them late next week.

So, here are some historical points about the youngest country on earth:

  1. The indigenous people of New Zealand are called the Māori people and are of Polynesian decent. Today they make up about 15% of the total population of 4 million.
  2. Recent work in archaeology, language studies, and anthropology has broadened understanding of Māori settlement by canoe, pointing to a history of about 700 years beginning in 1300 where peoples arrived from the Cook Islands. However,  some believe New Zealand was settled around 800 AD.
  3. Māori cultural creation myths are similar to those of Egyptians where there is separation of two parent beings known as the earth and the sky in order for there to be room for light. In Genesis 1:6-8 the Bible discusses a separation of the waters with a space in between. Māori myth discusses how woman is shaped from elements of the earth. This is also similar to the Biblical account where instead man is formed from the earth and woman is formed from Adam’s rib. Personally I believe the reason why many creation myths have parallels to the Bible is because of the truth and originality found in the Biblical passages.
  4. A legend of origin says that Maui was fishing in his canoe which became the South Island where his anchor stone was the small island at the bottom of the country. He threw his grandmothers jawbone into the sea as a hook and pulled out a giant fish which remains as the North Island.
  5. In many Māori traditions Kupe was the first Polynesian to discover New Zealand. He chased a great octopus across the ocean in his canoe, and finally killed it at Cook straight between the two islands. He then went on to explore the islands.
  6. There was speculation that a terra australis incognita (unknown southern land) existed, but European settlers in the Pacific remained well north of New Zealand before the mid 1600’s
  7. In 1642, Abel Tasman sighted New Zealand on a Dutch business voyage to find a southern route to Chile. He left after several of his crew were killed by the Māori. Plans were made to return again in 1643 but the Dutch never followed up on those plans.
  8. The British Captain Cook sighted New Zealand in 1769 and was first to map the entire coastline and to debunk the theory of an undiscovered great continent in the South seas.
  9. These and other explorers all met with violence in New Zealand. This convinced many Europeans that New Zealand was a dangerous place. From the 1790s onward though, sealing and whaling gangs forged practical commercial interactions with the Māori.

Until next time, Have a wonderful Sabbath and new week!

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