Windy Welly

Trip Start Jun 11, 2008
Trip End May 14, 2009

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Got up this morning at 7.30am to watch Man Utd v Celtic in the Champions League. But, Base Backpackers don't subscribe to ESPN so no-one could watch it (even though that night they said it would be on). I have got to say, there are a lot of things happening that are making me less and less impressed with Base. Just because people are on a budget, they shouldn't just treat you like scum.

Actually, I am probably being a bit harsh. It was mainly the dumbass guy on reception that got on my nerves. He was just useless. The place itself isn't that bad. The sheets are clean and so are the showers, which is the main thing.

The weather was a bit miserable today, bit like being in England, so we decided to sort out some tasks. We copied our sky dive DVD's onto blank discs so we could send them home. I also downloaded some PSP software onto the internet café PC and converted the sky dive DVD's so we could watch the films on the PSP whenever we want - groovy!

We then found a post office and sent home a load of stuff to relieve the weight from our rucksacks.

As it was still a bit dull, we went to the Te Papa Museum. It's free to get in and is a really good museum. It has some of the same style of displays as the Auckland Museum and a bit more.
It has a lot of things for kids as well, so me & Lorna were fine. First thing we found was this large video screen where you could control the videos & pictures showing on it. Me & Lorna made a couple of quick videos and we even did one of Tricky Ted, then we transferred them onto this large screen so the whole museum could see them (see video below). We thought this was dead funny and were just giggling like a couple of 7 year olds - sad! We then legged it, with Tricky Ted still strutting his stuff on the main screen - Teddytastic.

We then stumbled upon the Earthquake House. Basically, you stand inside this old rickety wooden house and then there is an earthquake simulation which shakes the house all over the place. We just laughed all the way through it, but from the frowns of others, I think we should have took it seriously.
What gets me though is that they run this simulation every five or so minutes, every day of the week and it's been going for years.......but this bloody house has never fell down!! Therefore, just build all the real houses of the same stuff as this one and everybody's happy - or are they not advanced for that sort of thinking yet?!

So, after ripping the earthquake scam to bits, we moved on. Next stop was some sort of Golden Years display. A woman asked us if we wanted to come inside and watch a movie about all the good & bad things of New Zealand's past - a historical trip if you like. We accepted her invitation and requested the length of said movie. Her reply......12 minutes!......12 minutes?.........12 minutes!.......that's all New Zealand has to offer? What have they been up to down here? Lol. Anyway, in we went and realised there were some additional surprises to this room. As the movie plays, objects around the room also reveal themselves and move about! Ooooooo! Next to us in the room was the annoying New Zealand family from hell. They seemed to think they knew everything about New Zealand's history anyway, and decided that shouting it out was the best way to let everyone know this. Just as some Anglo-New Zealand battle was about to commence, the movie came to the part about New Zealand's involvement in W.W.II, and, this is the honest truth, a set of machine guns came out from the floor, directly pointing at the inbred crew and started firing at them! They all jumped back in their seats! Laugh? I nearly saturated the seat!! Genius!
Just for those of you who are unsure, it wasn't real bullets that were being fired - that would have been a little harsh I feel, and a little messy!

Once again, we had spent over 2 hours in a museum, although, admittedly, we were the school kids on this occasion.

We managed to depart the museum without arrest and went to the supermarket to get some grub. Had myself a pepper chicken and pasta tonight - 1st one of the trip. We both cooked our food in the hostel kitchen tonight. It was a bit manic, but no-one was getting in the way of Lorna when food was being prepared. I just whimpered away in the corner, boiling some pasta!

We then nipped down to the Basement Bar for a few swift ones. It was $4 bar night tonight. Everything was $4, yes, everything. Beers, spirits, cocktails, the lot. ($4 is about £1.40). We controlled ourselves though and didn't over do it.

No-one else had come into our dorm, so we got the 6 berth room to ourselves again tonight. Because of this, we chilled out in the room with the music blaring away for a while, after we got back from the bar.
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