Our Gisborne homestay is reminiscent of the Good Life - surrounded by acres of farmland, with sheep, horses & dogs with mountains in the backgound. A mouth-watering aroma greeted us on our first morning - Sophie had baked us fresh brioche, which was delicious! We ate a lovely breakfast over which we enjoyed a long chat with Sophie, so didn't set off for Tolaga Bay until about 10.30! As we hadn't eaten all the brioche Sophie gave us some to take with us, along with her recipe, which I'll be trying out on everyone when I get home!
Another beautiful hot day, & so many amazing beaches! The Kiwis seem to have lots of regional holidays & this was another of them. However, nowhere here was crowded with hordes of people, unlike at home on a Bank holiday weekend & the beaches are mostly completely natural & unspoilt Even finding somewhere to have a cuppa is virtually impossible!
We took the scenic route along the Pacific coast to Tokamera Bay where we found a cafe/pub overlooking the water & had a pot of tea sitting in the cool breeze on tne veranda & watching the fishing boats as they returned to shore & were pulled up the beach by a very busy looking chap on his tractor! We drove back past all the beautiful coves, including Cook's cove, where we decided tnat it was much too hot, & we were much too old to climb the very steep, long path to the viewing point - even the young people we spoke to said they'd found it hard going!
When we returned to Gisborne we strolled along the front to see Cook's statue before returning to "The jolly Stockman" where Les tried the fish - Tarahiki - & I had a very tasty & enormous chicken salad. Then back to Wheatstone Retreat & our bed!