Auckland, Wellington & Picton
Trip Start Aug 23, 2012
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Given that our time in NZ will largely be spent cycling the South Island, we hit the outdoor shops to source out the last few pieces of camping equipment needed. One hour, a black wrap dress and 2 bottles of wine later, we deemed our shopping trip a complete success.
Following a 5pm bed-time and 3am wake-up, we set off to Half Moon Bay to see friends we met in London (who now live in Auckland) for a BBQ. Within about 5 minutes, we decided that perhaps we too should move to Auckland like Gary and Sarah did; they even said we could stay with them – an offer they will likely live to regret once we move in and never move out. Failing that, we could move in with Patsy and her husband Braid - a retired couple who invited us to dinner and offered us a room in their home after speaking to us for about 3 minutes – I think this either proves that Daryn and I are very obviously of good character, or, perhaps more accurately, that people in New Zealand are a good mix of friendly and crazy.
Departing Auckland, we took what could loosely be described as a night-bus but more accurately resembled a walk-in freezer to Wellington. Though our previously mentioned shopping trip in Auckland was a success, we felt that perhaps more than a dress might be required for biking so set off to source bike shorts… let me tell you, the only thing more depressing than bathing-suit shopping is shopping for padded bike-shorts – this item of clothing being particularly soul-destroying to purchase because not only do they make it look you are wearing a bloated diaper under spandex, but they are also extortionately expensive. Bye bye dignity!
Some of you have asked if we are doing the biking for charity – we’re not – turns out this stupid idea is just a stupid idea. But please send us money anyway - large denomination bills in $USD would be best.
Next stop: no idea; likely a beautiful campsite in the middle of nowhere… :)