We took a ferry to Opua and then drove back along the highway. My goodness, but the scenery is just breathtaking. The hills and valleys remind me of Ireland and what I believe Wales would be like (since I’ve never been to Wales). Stone fences lined the roads while we had to be cautious of mud slides along the roadways – mudslides are quite common. The weather today was about 25C and I’m plastered in 30+ sun-block because the ozone layer is quite thin overhead. The water views are just spectacular – the water is clear and blue and surprisingly for it being the New Zealand winter is warm.
Wednesday evening we drove to a fabulous restaurant called "Top Sail". Jean’s son Andrew knows the chef and owner. The meal was just marvellous. Gerrit had a venison cut with a brandy sauce that was just to die for although my cut of meat – pork chop with a cumin sauce was amazing. Jean had a vegetarian dish, while Wally had the fish – a great evening was had by all.