Kumara Capital

Trip Start Oct 18, 2010
Trip End Jan 18, 2011

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Uretiti Beach DOC Campsite

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Saturday 4th December 2010

We awoke, refreshed and raring to get out of the paddock we seemed to have tented in, due to pure tiredness the night before.  We got a bit of a move on and after some boiled eggs for breakfast we headed south to Dargaville, the Kumara (sweet potato) capital of New Zealand.  Whilst we like kumara, we were more interested in using internet and getting a few supplies including fuel.  We parked up away from the centre of town as the road was shut to traffic, what became apparent was that it was Christmas parade day.  We watched some push cart races and looked in some shops, had a coffee at the cafe with the internet sign up, only on purchasing the coffee did we get informed that they did not in fact have internet, oh well we wrote the blog instead, whilst sipping on a coffee.  We then lined the street with the other locals to watch the parade, which started with marching bagpipers alluding to the rich Scottish history of this area, followed by classic tractors, with classic farmers riding them, the local 4x4 club, then the floats, where much time and effort had been put into creating a great festive moving montage, with some embarrassed dressed up people waving to the crowd.  Highlights of which were the freezing toddler being sprayed by water on the 'beach life' float, and of course Father Christmas begin pulled on a converted oil drum by an old tractor.  All jokes aside it was pretty good fun.  We made a swift exit before the rush, not before trying to exchange one of our books, a bestseller non the less, only to be told that we could select one book from the one dollar bin.  Ania politely declined the lady's offer and we are now back to carrying it around again!

We set out again headed for Uretiti beach, a DOC campsite on the East Coast.  We arrived and booked in, it was far more plush than we had come to expect from a DOC campsite.  Before we could pick a spot and setup we had some lunch on the lovely beach and headed to a local town nearby for supplies.  The town was called Waipu (pronouced Why Poo), at this place we needed three things Internet, some insect spray and a bottle of wine.  The internet was down, the pharmacy was shut but thankfully we got the wine.  We did also spot the sports ground, which is where they hold the annual highland games, there were some tennis courts which were open and we thought we would come down the next morning and have a hit.  We went back and set up camp at the highest point overlooking the sea.  Set up was quick and we were there early, so we went for a run and  a swim at the beach, which transpired as a nudist reserve but it was all very jolly and a lovely thing to do before a glass of wine and dinner. Tonight it was omelette and chips!  Kumara chips but it was just the ticket, before back to the beach for a walk and then bed.

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