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" MORERE " HOT MINERAL SPRINGS - EAST COAST NZ

Journal by edmondsallan

When we were journing to Mahia on the east coast for our summer break ,You could drive their in a day ( a big day over 13 hours & not to many breaks )from Auckland. After trying to do it that way the first time. , we decided in future trips to stay at Opotiki for a night and take off again next morning . over the hills and gorge to Gisborne . We would stop there ,have a toilet stop - bite to eat and on our way again along Highway ( 22 ) to our beloved Mahia . Just before the Turn off at Nuhaka which goes to Mahia - about 10 k's on the left hand side, are the Morere Hot springs . In those days , the springs were pretty primitive . Some natural rock tubs and some changing rooms . a tucker shed where you paid to get in . I don't know what it is like today. We were ony about an hour's drive away from our final destination . This was the starting point of our winding down . WE would get in that hot mineral water and soak off & on for about an hour or two . then we take off , foot to the pedal and get to Mahia - We would move in quickly and roughly . buy a meal for all of us . No matter what time we arrived we did this proceedure . We would all use the Motel shower get changed , hit the sack and sleep . After those hot springs , and feed of freshly caught scnapper and scallops , shower -- believe me -- we just went out like logs . in fact a dead sleep . What a life ! it was . After being their for 2 or 3 weeks ( depending on what was going on back home--we kept in touch by phone every night)-of eating crayfish, scalops , oysters , mussells , home grown small new potatoes & fresh vegey's etc . swimming . Just lying their doing absolutely nothing , when you came home . All of you was over charged and you just wanted to work and work . You didn't seem to get tired for a couple of months - then it was time to take another short break. This time we used the family launch and headed arond the Hauraki Islands - especially Kawau - or we would use Bonacord Harbour as a base to go out from every day . However thats another story. Those were the days . Plenty of work and plenty of relaxation. both work well together . righty oh --time for a cuppa

Till we meet again -Regards -edmondsallan

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on 2011-05-17 18:10:54

edmondsallan , from auckland .nz , has been a Family Tree Circles member since Aug 2010. is researching the following names: CLAYTON, EDMONDS.

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by Kawhio on 2011-05-23 04:54:21

Hi edmondsallan.

You ever thought about night camping in the Waioeka Gorge.
There were many places that one can camp, (some even show you glow worms as Manganuku does.)
Much drift wood for a cooking fire.
Tuna and Trout in the clean green streams.
A few of the very private places I rember are the mile bluffs,The Fisher mans bend just South of Oponai on a tight right hand bend.
Manganuku Bridge camp site plus walking tracks to boot.
Just after Sandie's Bridge on the right hand side,as one starts to climb up Trafords Hill is what I can the hidden Valley.
A 4x4 track leads one into a wide valley were the stream is covered in watercress, ample camp sites and fire wood spots will great one if traveled into here.
I thought I would tell you of these spots,as you should not have to wait another 3 hours before one starts their holidays ah.
Cheers

by edmondsallan on 2011-05-23 15:31:44

How right you are . I had forgotten a lot of what you mentioned .I wonder how many go there now and refresh them selves with some of the best that mother nature has to offer her peoples and to enjoy the sheer sereeness of it all . thanks for reminding me of more happy days

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