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East of the Ranges: Central Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa

August 7, 2020

I travel south through the large but seldom-visited area east of the Ruahine and Tararua Ranges, called Central Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa, with a mention of Cape Kidnappers / Te Kauwae-a-Māui at the start. As you can see from the featured image, taken at Castlepoint / Rangiwhakaoma, it's the sort of place where you have bracing holidays! But there are lovely little towns with excellent wine trails too, and Featherston is even a Booktown!

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Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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