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Rest and Relaxation in the 'City'

Tuesday 6th October 2015

sunny 24 °C

We went for a continental breakfast this morning as there was a great spread of breads, meat, fruit and toast as well as the offer of a cooked breakfast. I had been feeling a bit miffed last night when we were chucked out of the guest lounge a couple of minutes before the 10pm 'curfew' by our bathrobed host, but they did seem to make a effort to give us good service at breakfast. After we had finished eating we drove across the city (although I would probably call it a large town). Tauranga is quite industrial, with a big container port and lots of gas storage so as you drive through it is not the prettiest of places. It seemed to be a different matter once we got down to Mount Maunganui, as both the hill itself and the beach were really beautiful.

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There are two walks on the Mount, one up to the summit which 232 metres high and the base track which runs round by the water and is 3.4 kilometres in distance. We decided to go for the later. It was a lovely walk with great views and being the school holidays there were lots of people out walking, children clambering on the rocks and in the rock pools, all giving the area a lovely relaxed family feel.

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On our way round we saw a number of young fur seals basking on the rocks and in the rock pools. It probably took us an hour or more to do the walk as we stopped a couple of times to soak up the view. By the time we got back into the town it was lunchtime and so we stopped and had some food before walking across to the beach and onto Moturiki Island which is actually joined to the mainland by the sandy beach. We made the short walk to the end and then sat for a while on the rocks watching young people, perhaps a little recklessly, jumping into the sea.

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Once we had walked back to the beach we sat for a while and I had a paddle. The water was still quite cold although there were quite a number of hardy New Zealanders having a swim. Nigel had arranged to go and have his hair cut so he took me back to our accommodation where I relaxed for the rest of the afternoon. Nigel came back a little while later looking like a new man! Having seen the hubbub of restaurants down by the seafront we decided to go for what we knew and liked and had a meal at the same place that we ate at last night. The food was lovely again, although I caused a bit of a stir when I managed to knock my tall glass of beer over, sending shards of glass everywhere. It was a tragic waste of good beer but the waitress quickly came and cleared it up and after sharing a dessert we went back to the B & B. Interestingly the lounge had all the lights off when we got back so we took the hint and retired straight to our room

Posted by Gill's Travels 14:39 Archived in New Zealand Tagged hills ocean new_zealand tauranga

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