img_8627Breakfast at Blah Blah Blah again was very good and we had a long chat with Vern(?) and his mates. Vern runs a local radio station.

We stopped at Tane Mahuta, the giant kauri which we had not visited for the past 27 years. Several heavy showers did not deter and we got to Rawene where we had lunch at the Boat Shed. Welcome tea and cake while the Heavens opened, the drought is starting to break I'd say.

We took the ferry over the estuary and then slightly longer back way as the rain seems to be hanging around east of the hills. This option mostly kept us dry and is very scenic as well as avoiding Highway 1

img_8631From Kaiatia it's a short run to Mangonui waterfront historic village. It was my intention to stay at the Esquire Motel with it's charming Elvis theme but the Old Oak (est 1861) has set up as a boutique hotel and wins the birthday place to stay prize. Don't stay if you don't like cats.

Dinner was intended to be at the Clipper cafe but wednesdays, in the winter, it is closed so it was a good meal at the Waterfront cafe.