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North Island Roadie, Motu Dunes Trail

Motu Dunes Trail


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Our first aim for the day was to unload the bikes and bike on the Motu Dunes trail back to Opotikit then return to the camp-6km both ways. It was a thoroughly enjoyable track up and over sand dunes. Lots of “squeeze gates” to ensure only people and bikes use it. Some pretty disgusting litter on the way. I have been warned several times to keep Maddie close at hand and there are unscrupulous people around and have had one or two nervous encounters. The dogs here are not our nice sweet town dogs that’s for sure.

Opotiki has its fair share of social problems. There is a plan to build a big new mussel factory here and the powers that be are making the entrance to the river passable for it to be used economically. It seems even here house prices are also skyrocketing as real estate by the coast is at a premium. In Opotiki we had a nice coffee and then Mary (from Wairata) also called in as she district nurses in Opotiki-talk ...about coincidence.

Back to the camp by lunch time then packing up the tent and loading bikes again. On the way to next port of call we called in at an old maori church at Torere and spoke with a woman there who was an authority on local history.

At Maraenui where we are staying at a POP with a friend of Kate. She is a brilliant harakeke weaver and have seen some of her work that is intricate. She has also explained the process to us which gives you more appreciation of it. This is a brilliant place with shower, toilet, power and outside dining area.

Went for a drive further up the coast as far as Te Kaha, had a walk around Omaio( where kate’s family had a bach many years ago but got badly frightened by a barking Rottweiler that came out to meet us aggressively. Got back in the van quickly! Back at our home for the night and Ted lit a huge fire in an outside dining area. Spent a congenial evening with drinks and nibbles then cooked our evening meal over the fire.With the sea crashing on the shore behind us, rain on the roof and lovely food it’s hard to see it getting any better.

Posted by Sallyj66 00:57 Archived in New Zealand

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This must be the 'holiday of a lifetime'!! Thanks for all the detail about the surroundings, people and activities...
Love ...... Lulu xxxx

by Lulu

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