On Saturday an Air France 777 dropped me back into the greyness of a Paris January, after three weeks back in my island home.
Despite a very wet December, the consensus was that pohutukawa flowers this year were particularly spectacular.
However, the Hawke’s Bay region provided us with 6 days of perfect sunshine, and some wonderful scenery. It was my first visit to the east coast of the North Island.
At Cape Kidnappers, the gannet colony was noisy, smelly, and full of… gannets.
The trip along State Highway 2 through the Waioeka Gorge was like driving back to before the arrival of humans.
In towns like Opotiki, the local colour reminds you that we are a Pacific nation…
It is a privilege to belong to the nation that invented the paua wonton!