Heading East with Stray: Day 2 06:38 PM on Tue 25 Feb 2014


Gisborne: the first place in the world to see the sunrise. We woke up at 6AM feeling relatively fresh after last night’s campfire beers. After a short stroll down to the beach we caught the first glimpse of sunlight – it was unbelievable! 
With a no checkout time policy at the hostel we had the morning to ourselves with a few activities to choose from: Surfing, Hiking, Sting Ray Feeding or a chilled out morning by the beach. Gisborne claims to be New Zealand’s surf capital – there was no way that I was going to leave this scenic little town without hitting the waves. After a bit of a battering, we followed Henrick the stingray expert into the ocean to feed some of the friendly creatures. These marine animals are like giant, slimy puppies that rub against your ankles in search for food. With a new found love for these creatures – I have added ‘owning a pet stingray called Harry’ to my bucket list! 
After the feed some of us headed for a hike up the mountain to capture beach views that lead all the way to South America – followed by a little nap on the beach. We left Gisborne at midday and headed North East towards our overnight stop, Te Araroa. 
First on our list was Tolaga Wharf – New Zealand’s longest jetty. The walk along the pier reminded me of Thailand – green waters, white cliffs and islands. Some of us jumped off – it was cold. We then made our way to the infamous Tikitiki Church – it had beautiful stained glass windows and Maori patterns.  Lunch was had a local Kiwi pub on the coast – here I realised that my ability to play Pool improved with Cider. 
Early afternoon we reached our accommodation – a historic nunnery turned into a backpackers and hosted by a lovely Maori woman and her family. Here we were able to carve our own greenstone or bone necklaces as well as the option to learn flax weaving. This beautiful, enchanting house was amazing – check out the photos! Our guide Rex insisted that I try the local mussel (not being much of a slimy sea food enthusiast – , I thought I’d give it a shot – eww! 
Day 2 was unforgettable – new friends, sunrises and sunsets and road tripping along the beautiful Kiwi coastline. 

Gisborne: the first place in the world to see the sunrise. We woke up at 6AM feeling relatively fresh after last night’s campfire beers. After a short stroll down to the beach we caught the first glimpse of sunlight – it was unbelievable! 

With a no checkout time policy at the hostel we had the morning to ourselves with a few activities to choose from: Surfing, Hiking, Sting Ray Feeding or a chilled out morning by the beach. Gisborne claims to be New Zealand’s surf capital – there was no way that I was going to leave this scenic little town without hitting the waves. After a bit of a battering, we followed Henrik the stingray expert into the ocean to feed some of the friendly creatures. These marine animals are like giant, slimy puppies that rub against your ankles in search for food. With a new found love for these creatures – I have added ‘owning a pet stingray called Harry’ to my bucket list! 

After the feed some of us headed for a hike up the mountain to capture beach views that lead all the way to South America – followed by a little nap on the beach. We left Gisborne at midday and headed North East towards our overnight stop, Te Araroa. 

First on our list was Tolaga Wharf – New Zealand’s longest jetty. The walk along the pier reminded me of Thailand – green waters, white cliffs and islands. Some of us jumped off – it was cold. We then made our way to the infamous Tikitiki Church – it had beautiful stained glass windows and Maori patterns.  Lunch was had a local Kiwi pub on the coast – here I realised that my ability to play Pool improved with Cider. 

Early afternoon we reached our accommodation – a historic nunnery turned into a backpackers and hosted by a lovely Maori woman and her family. Here we were able to carve our own greenstone or bone necklaces as well as the option to learn flax weaving. This beautiful, enchanting house was amazing – check out the photos! Our guide Rex insisted that I try the local mussel (not being much of a slimy sea food enthusiast , I thought I’d give it a shot – eww)! 

Day 2 was unforgettable – new friends, sunrises and sunsets and road tripping along the beautiful Kiwi coastline. 

To view more photos: www.facebook.com/basebackpackers

Tags: New Zealand , Gisborne , Stray

Add Comments

Name *  
Email (will not be published)
Website
Comments *  
 

To help prevent spam comments, please click on the world

 
HIGHEST RATED
I love Queenstown!:

I love Queenstown, and so will you :)...read more

 
Base Magnetic Island is truly magnetic:

Magnetic Island is Located within the islands of the Great Barrier Reef in north Queensland. Its ...read more

 
Rotorua - Feel the Spirit:

You are visiting New Zealand, you jump on your bus and hear your next stop will be Rotorua – New ...read more

 
2 Dutchies and a Campervan:

Traveling in Campervan is a great way to experience Australia....read more

 
Around the World in one City - Melbourne:

Melbourne Has Everything you could possibly desire and more....read more

 

Contact Us | About Us | Base or XBase | Hostel or Backpacker | Base Jumping | Work & Travel | Full Moon Down Under

Privacy Policy | Terms & ConditionsSitemap

Copyright © 2003–2011 Base Backpackers Pty Ltd ABN 14 099 0555 71 | Base Backpackers GST 086-023-849 | Trademark ™ The “Base” name and red “X” are licensed trademarks of Base Backpackers. | All rights reserved. Images supplied by Joe Florian, Cybele Malinowski, Miles Holden, Tourism Australia, Tourism New Zealand & Base.