Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
217Trip End Ongoing
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Piha Domain Motor Lodge
Piha was way too close to the big city of Auckland for us to even contemplate free(dom) camping. It was already dark. We had little choice but to stay at the Piha Domain Motor Lodge. But we wouldn't again in a hurry nor would we recommend it to our worst enemy. I'll give you 10 (yes, 10!) reasons directly quoted from their 4-page "Conditions of Entry". It totally negated the "Welcome" bit at the beginning. It includes all CAPITALS and exclamation marks!!! plus our replies in brackets.
2. "Our preferred guests are mature campers and families." (Not us then?!).... "Backpackers and campervans are our most rapidly expanding group of clients" (So we're the ones keeping you in business? How do you feel about THAT?)
3. "No one under age 20 unless you have a parent staying close by who will supervise you. No ID, no entry." (So even though the law acknowledges them as adults, you don't?)
4. "You want to camp like a tip - go to the tip!! You can expect anything left cluttering up workbenches or dirty dishes to be thrown in the bin. I am the camp mother, not your mother!" (You sure sound like someone's mother, but not mine!)
5. "Music is to be kept at a minimum level - you want to thrash the stereo - do it at your house." (Ok, mom *pout* but my house is your house, right?)
7. "Alcohol use will only be allowed in moderation, if you want to get drunk, obnoxious and loud - stay home. We reserve the right to inspect your vehicle and not to allow more than 6 standard drinks each into the camp." (But mom, all my friends are doing it!!)
8. "We reserve the right to charge a $100.00 per person good behaviour bond, fully refundable when you depart having behaved yourself!!" (Can't you just ground me instead?)
9. "Bedtime - after 10.30SSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHH, and try not to move around, it really disturbs people who are trying to sleep." (But mom, Piha Rescue is on telly!)
10. And my personal favourite experience at this place was taking a shower: They are set on a 6-minute timer. Fair enough as we're all for water conservation. I considered it a challenge! So I got into the cubicle, organised my stuff for maximum efficiency and activated the water mechanism. On your marks, get set, go! The water went on, and the lights went out! But there was no time to panic. Time is water. Besides I know where everything is. So I just grabbed the soap and held on for dear life!
Initially we were taken aback by all this but it's given us lots to laugh about. We don't have enough tissues for these people's issues. Sounds like it's time to get out of the service industry, folks!