East Cape, New Zealand
We didn't see any dragons but we did see evidence of very poor living conditions and we saw locals travelling to town on horseback.
The East Cape is the most remote of NZ's North Island destinations but the journey from Opotiki to Gisborne on the Pacific Coast Highway should not be missed. There seems to be a fear among some New Zealanders that the East Cape is too remote and too sparsely populated to make it a safe place to travel. We received various warnings about keeping the car locked etc. Just be your usual sensible travelling self and enjoy a wonderful, uncrowded part of North Island with fantastic beaches.
If you fish you could take weeks to do the journey with opportunities at almost every bay for the illusive "one that got away" but you can do the drive in a day - make sure you fill the tank with petrol though, there aren't many facilities en route!
While travelling the Pacific Coast Highway have a stop at the church at Raukokore. You'll see it from a distance, out on a peninsula, a mixture of Maori and European architectural styles. It is an Anglican church with a great atmosphere an a buzz of activity and when we visited there were penguins nesting under the font - all God's creatures are welcome.