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North Island Roadie, New Plymouth

Mokau to New Plymouth

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20th May Thursday
changeable 18degrees

I seem to have my days mixed up and seem to have missed a day along the way somehow-not surprising on holiday I suppose.

I think the last time I wrote we were at Mokau in disgusting and challenging weather. Left early just to get away from the rocking and rolling and noise. First port of call was Tongapuru Reserve to go to the coast and see “the Three Sisters” - rocks, but only accessible 2 hours either side of low tide. Maddie found a nice round rock though.
It wasn’t worth the risk of getting stranded so moved on. The atlas showed “White Cliffs” as being worth a look.

Once we drove 11 km down quite a narrow road to the cliffs we came to a spot that basically fell off a cliff with no turning space, so we clambered down the rocks and had a brief look. Maybe if it had been sunny the cliffs would have looked more dramatic but a nice detour anyway.

Next scenic spot - the laundromat in Bell Block!! Last one we visited in Tauranga and was a bit of a drama, this was quite different. Not used them before but just for the sake of people watching it is interesting. We got really good internet while there as well so made the most of the time.

The mundane chores dealt to and we then made a complete U-turn and visited Pukeiti Rhododendron Gardens a half hour drive from New Plymouth. Free entry and what a paradise. The most amazing gardens. I was gobsmacked on the Valley of the giants-i.e. giant rhodies with leaves much bigger than my hands. large_IMG_5723.JPG
We walked down the Vireya walk and then had a smoothie at the cafe. Could have freedom camped there if we wanted but had things to see in New Plymouth. Still no view of the mountain but we were wind free. We are told the best month to visit the Garden is in August.

Parked up at Fitzroy Beach in an immaculately kept campground.
We picked it because of the cycle trail that went right past the camp.

Posted by Sallyj66 04:15 Archived in New Zealand

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Lovely photos, you have certainly seen some beautiful places.

by RosieBr

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