After a good night’s sleep at The Welcome Swallow we headed for Raetea Forest. Here was supposed to be a free DOC campsite and it was right on our way. We passed Doubtless Bay on the north side of the island, following the Twin Coast Discovery Highway. It was a VERY beautiful drive.
It’s another drive-and-gasp-at-the-beautiful-landscape day.. Wow, this is such a gorgeous country, it’s hard to believe the views are real sometimes. It seems like one gigantic land of Hobbits. You can actually imagine them living here.
I love these Maori place names, they make us feel like we’re in on an exotic island somewhere
Mister “Trouble” Carter hadn’t only been super nice to us, he was also quite useful since he knew to tell us exactly how to get to the Waipu Caves we were looking for the previous day. Apparently, the fact that they are called “Waipu” caves, does not mean that they have to be located anywhere near Waipu. Makes perfect New Zealand sense. This would not be the last time the Kiwi names would misdirect us along our trip.