Kiwi land!

Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
Trip End Dec 20, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Friday, December 2, 2011

I woke up and went out to buy my food. Basic camping stuff, but I don't have a cooler, so it has to be canned, freeze dried, or non-perishable.  Basically my diet now consist of cereal, trail mix, PB&J, Canned soups, canned chicken, crackers, and some canned fruit.  Also, a fresh apple and carrot every day (Don’t worry dad, I’m staying somewhat healthy).  ANYWAYS I have about enough to last me a week, which is good because then I need to get on the ferry, and I don’t want to have to carry all that food across. 

Well, today I drove into the city of Christchurch, but it’s mostly under construction from the earthquake.  Quite sad, but I decided not to tour around, and just headed out to Akaroa, the bay town about an hour away.  It was my first taste of NZ country side.  And it was amazing.  Just driving out there was so much fun, the hills are beautiful, the sky is blue, I was listening to my good driving music…It was great. 

I arrived at Akaroa in the afternoon, set up camp, and walked through town a bit.  I didn’t do much that day, just explored the town and organized my car.  I did see amazing stars, but there were too many other lights to take a picture (I was at an RV campground).  So, that night, it was actually very cold.  NZ is like a desert, blistering hot in the sun, freezing in the shade.  My sleeping bag that I got from Indonesia is supposed to be rated to 8 degrees Celsius…but I’m pretty sure it isn’t.  Never buy anything from Indonesia.

On that note, let me make a side rant.  Back in Indonesia, I told my friends (many of whom were actually not Indonesian…one was Spanish, the others Filipinos) that I was going to buy a tent and sleeping bag online, have it shipped to Australia, and pick it up there, but the shipping was expensive. 

"Ohhh, no no no,", they said, “You can get that stuff here!”

“Really?” I replied, skeptical, “But is it GOOD stuff, or is it cheap?”

“No, it’s good quality”, they all assured me. 

In my head, I was thinking “I bet this is going to be crap”.  Well, the first place we went to, they showed me a tent I would get for a kid if he was sleeping out in the back hard.  Big, heavy, cheap.  So we went to a better camping store.  They had tents, and sleeping bags, but they weren’t any cheaper than the ones online.  But at least I’d save shipping, right?  That’s $50.  Well,  turns out the tent isn’t very good (It’s all waterproof and fine, the design is just dumb), and the sleeping bag is also crap.  Never buy anything you actually need to rely on from Indonesia.

Anyways, the first night I was actually too cold to sleep in the tent (the ground was freezing, that was part of it), so I hunkered down in my car.  Which thankfully, I barely fit across the back seats if I put my knees up.  Not exactly fun.
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