Heading Oop North

Trip Start Dec 06, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, May 4, 2007

I forgot to mention a shop I saw in Napier. It was a clothes shop for size 16+ ladies called Three Times a Lady. Genius, made me laugh. Anyway...

Time to hit the road and see a bit more of New Zealand again. After a few days in Auckland I thought I'd tick off the north of the north whilst I was up there as I might not get that much of a chance. I got the job in Wellington, oops, now I'll have to get out of bed again for a while and I'm back transport modelling. Ah well, it's double the pay of a normal backpackers job so I can think of the cash. I might even enjoy it. Ha!

I headed over to Lee's and after some trauma with my ipod when it decided to take all my music off, we headed up the west of the north of the north (following this?) I had a few recommendations from Rich of things to do, but I was increasingly getting the impression I've seen NZ in the wrong order. The north island just isn't as nice as the south and so perfectly nice scenery pales a bit compared with the views I've had. The top of the north island is a fair old distance and so there wasn't much time for stopping in order to make sure we made it up there and back in a few days.

We ended up staying at a farm stay, which was a bit tricky to find in the dark but after a few wasted minutes driving back and forth we eventually got there. We were greeted by Buster, a dog, shortly followed by the hostel owner. We didn't have much food so when we were offered a home cooked meal it seemed a good idea. Being cooked for was going to be a bit of a treat, although a rip off, as we'd said yes before we found out it was going to cost us 18 dollars. It wasn't worth waiting for. I made the foolish error of going for lamb cutlets. When she brought it out she said 'as I knew you were hungry I cooked it in the microwave'. 18 dollars for what amounted to microwaved gristle. The veg wasn't bad but again I suspected due to it's softness that it had spent some time in the microwave. Ho hum, it filled a gap and the cake that followed was nice.

Due to the time of year hostels are getting empty and we were the only people staying that night. They had a sign up saying that they had a glowworm cave so we thought we'd have a peek. I asked if they had a torch we could borrow and was told 'yeah, but it's only a wank wank torch'. I was a bit worried by what I was going to be given but it didn't have batteries and was powered by a particular hand motion. Luckily we were also given a normal battery powered torch too and we also enlisted the help of Buster who was happy to lead the way. He did a mighty fine job and other than the odd slip we made it to see the glowworms.

The next morning I saw what might have been offered as breakfast, a couple of fat pigs in their field, but after the microwaved meal debacle I wasn't risking asking for a cooked brekkie.
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