Very good dinner at the Turkish place on the waterfront in Tauranga only marred by the rather poor weather forecast. The weather is actually quite good but it does get a bit windy as the day progresses.
It was an easy call to pass on the complex and long route to Taupo. We travelled straight to Opotiki and then around the East Cape (good to have done it by bike so recently and get a different perspective on it).
Mostly the wind was kind but we had quite a bit of turbulence on the East side of the Cape and it was a very slow run down to Gisborne. The main group managed to get stuck in Taupo with rain and did not arrive until fairly late.
The locals turned out with a Kapa Haka group and the mayor said some good words before an interesting 'camp oven' dinner. Pretty good night really although it was marred by some people talking through the performance and mayors speech. Very rude really.
The night was very good but we did not get to the hotel until quite late, principally because of the late arrival of most of the safari.