Leaving our new friend in Opotiki, we headed eastwards.
The fortune was not on our side when we approched the east cape.
Strong winds and rain for several days tested our nerves. Until this point we haven’t bought some books, which we regretted, captured in the car.
Luckily we agreed to not pass the east cape lighthouse and wait for the weather to get better.
When the sky cleared the lighthouse was bright lighted by the sun.
Over time we’ve moved along the east cost down to Gisborne (or Gizzy), where we stayed 4 nights.
There is a lovely spot right on the beach, where a lot of backpackers stay the night and enjoy the view.
After roughly 1 week in the lonesome wilderness, Gisborne (which is a small town) felt like a metropolis. Looking like an american town, it has everything we needed to offer.
The few days there went by quickly and we drove to one of the few free DOC campsites. Right on the river with cows, sheep and lambs it was quite peaceful. For sunset I climbed one of the many hills and took a photo of the surrounding. If you look closely you can spot our car in the lower left corner.