Day 10 – Wellington to Castlepoint

11:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, New Zealand, Travel

Elevation Profile

The days started looking pretty grim for travel. There was lots of rain, and very dark clouds.

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The wind was living up to Wellington’s reputation. As we went into the city, there were several motorbikes that had been pushed over by the wind!

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Rebecca spent about three hours in the library doing some research, so I went window shopping. By mid day, the weather had improved somewhat, but the wind was still strong. As we were heading over the Rimutaka mountain range, the wind was so strong in gusts that we thought we were going to come off on two occasions. One time we were riding around one of the hairpin corners at slow speed, but still leaning low due to our load, when a wind gust came and pushed us down even lower! We were very lucky not to fall off.

The cloud formations were very interesting.

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The mountains near Castlepoint are spectacular.

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When we arrived at the campground at Castlepoint, our first priority was finding a camping spot that was sheltered from the wind. And we were fortunate to find one!

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The view of the lighthouse from the campground.

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The cloud formations were still very unique.

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And the wind did not let up – just look at how the sand was flying along the beach. Luckily we were walking with the wind, not into it.

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More cloud photos.

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We walked out onto the rocks, where the cliff drops off what appears to be 20 or so meters into the sea. There was a huge swell, and it was great to watch. When we have been here on previous occassions, there were usually fishermen around. But this day it was very quite. There was just one other family that did a quick climb to the lighthouse.

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The lighthouse looked great from below the cliff.

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One of the reasons I love Castlepoint so much, is that the hill directly behind the lighthouse (on the peninsula) is so tall that the light from the lighthouse is at the same level as the top of the hill. Here Rebecca is standing on that hill, and when the light from the lighthouse rotated around, I took this photo (well, it took about 10 attempts to get the settings and timing right). We have been here in winter, where there has been a strong mist. This allowed us to make shadows on the clouds using the lighthouse as the light source. Lots of fun!

Rebecca-Lighthouse

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