Had hoped to have a look around the Hicks Bay Motel grounds before I left but the weather was still lousy. It is on a point overlooking the bay, has a bush walk down to a small beach, apparently! Headed for the East Cape Lighthouse, about a 22km diversion from the main highway along an exposed coastal road. It was very exposed with gale force winds (90km/h ~50 knots according to weather forecast) battering the car all the way there. It is also a mixture of sealed and gravel road, one lane in places where it hugs the cliffs with the sea gnawing away at it! No problem taking the Bravo out there but have to be a bit careful not to 'ride the crown' on gravel as the sump clearance isn't the greatest. Survived ok, although maybe a few scrapes under there. The climb up to the lighthouse was good, timber steps the whole way made avoiding the mud easy, and the surrounding brush made the gale tolerable. It was still very windy, combined with the sea fog/cloud made for a good demonstration why this lighthouse is needed! From there it was Bay hoping to Gisborne with the obligatory walk to the end of the 650m long Tologa Bay Wharf. By this time the gale had blown away the rain leaving fine sunny day, 20deg c almost summer warm! Tonight in Gisborne, nice Motel and (more) fish for dinner!
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