It was another early morning on the road on Day Six of our travels, the penultimate day of our Road Trip.
One of our group is a dedicated fan of Elvis Presley, so a stop at the Elvis Presley Museum in Hawera was an absolute must-see. It was so interesting that I will write a post about it tomorrow.
Also at Hawera is this fabulous concrete water tower. Built in 1914 to provide water for the local fire brigade, it now has an interesting sign at its base that reads:
“Welcome to the historic Hawera water tower. This is a strenuous climb of 215 steps taking approximately 10 minutes and is done so at your own risk. Entry fee applies and is payable at the Information Centre.”
We never climbed it!
Manaia, it seems, is a Bread Capital. I am unsure quite what that is meant to mean, but this small town can boast a bakery that was established 97 years ago.
They say you learn something new every day, and this day I discovered that the great athlete Sir Peter Snell, famous for his running achievements, was born here in Opunake in 1938. He died in 2019 in Dallas, Texas.
On our way to New Plymouth, we chose to drive around the longer but more scenic coastal road, known as the Surf Highway as there are several good surfing breaks along the route.
It is seldom safe for swimming though, as much of the coast is prone to ferocious ocean swells and fierce storms. Its rugged beauty belies how dangerous it can be.
Loving lighthouses as we all did, we simply had to detour to see the Cape Egmont Lighthouse. There has been a light shining out from here since 1881, to warn passing ships of the hazardous coastline.
It was a beautiful day for traveling, with blue skies and sunshine most of the time.
Tune in tomorrow for our visit to Elvis Presley!