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East Cape 2: Dereliction, sunsets and other gorgeousness

Prepared to take the punt that I had enough food for the night, I drove through Opotiki without stopping and followed the wee Englishman’s instructions to the East Cape road, Highway 35.

As you’ll know from the last post, I faffed around a bit earlier in the day and wasn’t exactly dawdling as I endeavoured to get to Te Kaha while it was still light – knowing there would be a few photo stops on the way.

That's Moutohora Island on the horizon, more commonly known as Whale Island

That’s Moutohora Island on the horizon, more commonly known as Whale Island

Lookout over Maraenui Beach

Lookout over Maraenui Beach

Near where the 110km Motu River spits out into the Pacific Ocean

Near where the 110km Motu River spits out into the Pacific Ocean

Then, oo!, a closed down church. I threw down the anchor to pull off and investigate more closely what I have since deemed to be St Patrick’s Anglican Church in the teeny settlement of Omaio. It’s boarded up these days but was about to be restored in 2002 when it fell victim to a devastating theft.

It was built in 1932; this was it in busier times.

Not far away now from my finish line today… but then…

You're guaranteed to come away with horse photos when you visit the East Cape

You’re guaranteed to come away with horse photos when you visit the East Cape

Finally I made it to Te Kaha and would probably still be there now had I not ventured into the bar to find someone to check me in. After another odd experience at the otherwise very decent resort, I needed to race back out to make use of the daylight.

Mainly because there was an awesomely derelict dairy factory just down the road.

It was looking a bit tidier back in 1944. I can’t find when the factory closed but at some point it stopped being an economical operation and milk was instead transported to Opotiki. The space was used by other organisations at various times but clearly it has ceased to be functional.

There was enough time to drive back down the road 10 minutes to where cellphone coverage kicked in so that I could call home, by which time the sun was setting.

Moutohora Island just visible on the golden horizon

Moutohora Island just visible on the golden horizon

Yes this was off the East Coast, but I must have been pointing sufficiently west to pick up the sun setting

Yes this was off the East Coast, but I must have been pointing sufficiently west to pick up the sun setting

Sunset at Te Kaha

Over my microwave dinner I thought about how early I’d need to get up to meet family members the next morning. Sleep in, or allow extra time for side distractions on the way? I think I knew the answer.

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17 Comments Post a comment
  1. Absolutely gorgeous. I’m spellbound. I can’t wait for your next post. Your photographs remind me of stills from Whale Rider.

    18 May 2014
    • Lottie you’re a treasure, thank you.

      19 May 2014
  2. Reblogged this on FXHQ.

    18 May 2014
  3. Gorgeous photos, as always. And I’m sure you allowed extra time for distractions. 🙂 Looking forward to the next post!!

    18 May 2014
    • Much appreciated Cindi. And, yes – predictable huh? 🙂

      19 May 2014
  4. Love, love the photo of the church, the horse and the two trees that seem to be embracing each other with their limbs entwined. The tree pic is excellent since it is rare to see trees shaped in this manner.

    19 May 2014
    • Great spotting Yvonne, I hadn’t noticed that about the trees. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

      19 May 2014
  5. More great photos! So sad about that church theft and that it’s now boarded up when it was once an important part of the community. Looking forward to the next instalment.

    19 May 2014
  6. A wonderful display!

    28 May 2014
    • Thank you, and I appreciate you taking the time for a quick peek over here.

      29 May 2014
  7. Great road trip report again and wonderful photos. Maraenui Beach seems to be very beautiful. I am always interested in church photos, although it has passed long time when I presented them in my blog. Landscapes are interesting to me also to see, because Yours are so far away.

    16 June 2014
    • Your comment is much appreciated, Matti 🙂

      17 June 2014
  8. Ali #

    Gorgeous photos, Hayley. I love that old church. I always choose to get up earlier too when there are photo opportunities about.

    23 June 2014
  9. Thank you for the amazing photos and the description. They were outstanding.

    24 June 2014
    • Fantastic to find your comment, thank you.

      24 June 2014
      • You are welcome. I like photos. If I could go back in time. I would of took more. They become valuable tools to bring back good memory.

        24 June 2014

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