A couple of years after I arrived in New Zealand (which was 50 years ago today) a friend took me up to Rawene to a 21st birthday. I have loved the area ever since.
Living in the north we often went down to either Rawene or Kohukohu.
Last week we had a break staying at Omapere. We drove to Rawene and when we arrived the ferry was in so we hopped on and just went across the harbour and back again. A very kind man offered to drive us to Kohukohu and take us back in time for the next ferry but as the wind was a bit chilly we declined with thanks.