We woke to the sounds of sheep bleating on the hillside (that has to be sooo New Zealand!) and construction at the caravan park across the road. We started the day with a walk along the street to get some breakfast and to get our bearings, then back to our room and off for a walk around the mount. We’d been watching a steady stream of walkers and joggers both around the mount and up to the summit when we first got up.
We chose to walk the track around the base – very pretty with the water on one side and the hill on the other and with the pohutukawa trees just coming into flower. There’s also a nesting colony of shags(?) in the trees over one section of the track, interesting to see even though they are nosiy, smelly and messy. We walked through that section very quickly!
After lunch we went for a walk along the beach, past more flowering pohutukawa trees and out to Moturiki island. Volleyball courts were being set up all along the beach when we headed off and by the time we walked back across the beach the games were in full swing. It must have been sports night because the surf club were also practicing. Instead of going straight back to our room we headed further along the foreshore and then back through town. We stopped at an Indian restaurant for dinner and then walked back to the motel. After seeing quite a few young women dressed up in cocktail type dressed and lots of noise coming from the pubs and betting shops we realised it was Melbourne Cup day and with the 3 hour time difference between Melbourne and NZ the cup had not long been run and won.