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Written by TobyH, TravelPod   
Monday, 08 February 2010

Coastal view near Ngunguru

Continued over the hills to Ngunguru and stumbled on the Braeburn Motel, where I am now, on Whangaumu Bay. The term “motel” in NZ is applied to a variety of accommodations from self-catering cabins to large corporate hotels, but it means that, at a minimum, you get a cooking area with fridge, sink, microwave/hotplate, kettle & toaster, but often includes a full kitchen, and you always get a carton of fresh milk with your key! This particular spot has just three self-catering cabins, each with two bedrooms, living-room and full kitchen, and is in a tiny village of about fifty houses and no stores, on a beautiful sandy beach about four or five hundred meters long, neatly sheltered from the Pacific by a short spit of land. I swam in the clear warm water yesterday; I think it may be the first time I have swam in the sea since Cooper, over a year ago. I drove into Tutukaka about 5 minutes away, and picked up a take-away fish & chips for dinner; yummy.

I planned to stay only one night, but decided to stay for two, and today I went on a 17km coastal hike for 3 1/4 hours, kayaked for 1 3/4 hours (the motel owner even lent me his truck and trailer so I could take the kayak to a more interesting launch site nearby), and then swam for 1/2 hour. I think I have earned my dinner - fish & chips again, and a bottle of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc which the motel owner’s wife gave me because the water supply was interrupted for half an hour!

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