Saturday was a gorgeous, sunny day, so we decided to go a little further than normal, and drive the 90 minutes to Lake Ferry. The route took us over the Rimutaka Range and then out towards the coast. Lake Ferry itself is a small town between the shores of Lake Onoke and Palliser Bay, and a centre for holiday makers in that part of North Island.
There was amazing gray, volcanic sand leading down to the water where we saw lots of people fishing. It is quite a beautiful place and well worth the drive.
For lunch we went to the Lake Ferry Hotel, where I had an excellent whitebait fritter (see picture below) and Karl a juicy steak pie. The original hotel was opened in 1851 to supplement the income of the ferryman, who combined the jobs of pub landlord and ferryman. The current hotel building dates from 1919, and offers a wonderful view over the water as can be seen in the bottom picture. All in all, a lovely day.