If this van’s a rocking ...please help us
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Catchpool, Rimutaka Forest Park
It was free to get in but the car park was expensive, but after what we’d heard of different people’s experience in Wellington with car break ins we (Andrew) were a bit concerned, I say concerned downright paranoid might be nearer the mark, so we parked there
We were also amazed at how interactive the museum was and lots of times we found that we were holding kids back so we could have a go on some of the screens. We looked at each other and said "How old are we?" as we tried to decide which type of animal would be best to take to another planet to help us survive. I also loved the exhibition which told the story of immigrants coming to New Zealand, some in the Gold Rush, some as refugees escaping war and others with the hope of better prospects and a better way of life for their families. You were able to listen interactively to people from Burma, Iraq, Somalia and so many other places telling their own stories.
We left having spent about 4 hours in the museum and had to fork out 15 Dollars on car parking fees which we reconciled against the fact that we hadn’t paid anything to see some amazing stuff so it wasn’t so bad
Back on the right road eventually, the wind had started to howl so we made the hard decision to stop at a chippy and get fish and chips instead of having to set up the camp stove where it would be impossible to cook anything. We ate them from the bag in the front seats of the car with our fingers and they tasted great. I even buttered some bread and we had a few chip butties too. We got to the camp site and the wind had got even worse. We sat in the back of the van listening to weird noises rattling on the roof, it looked like the back mirror was going to rip off at one point but Andrew chanced getting blown away and got out to change the angle of it. (Andrew Edit the trim around wear the rails for the roof rack are had actually been blown off but I managed to get it fitted back into place. It was like all hell had broken loose for an hour and the van wouldn’t stop rocking. (Andrew Edit - In hindsight it lasted all night and our van has soft suspension so the van was properly rocking looking, for once the saying if the van is rocking don't come knocking was cast aside as I was genuinely worried
It was like Australia all over again, we had left the beautiful warm beaches of the North and ended up in the cold and rainy South – completely the opposite from home. We holed up in the van for the night under what has now become two duvets and a blanket. We do have the backup of one more duvet if it gets really cold on the South island courtesy of Wickeds good will pile. So tomorrow we leave for the South Island on the 6.15pm ferry after a quick tour of the city – and again it’s Sunday so lets hope there is some free parking to be had, because the ferry has put us five times over budget for the day already, and that’s even before we eat!