Days 188-190: Auckland

Trip Start Sep 21, 2006
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Trip End Jun 01, 2007


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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Torrents of rain pelt down along the east coast. A day in Paihia would be a day indoors. The deluge turns out to be a freakwave caused by a distant cyclone delivering three months of rain to the Northlands in just two days. Roads are flooded, houses cut off. It's a good day to spend on a bus.
I'm headed back to the big city again, abusing my position as CUD's bass player by accepting the hospitality of a pair of Auckland fans, Trevor and Pauline. Home comforts and the constant rain prevent much tourism. With the rain continuing, Trevor and I get lost driving in the Hunua Ranges seeking Hunua Falls.
On Friday I head to the local Howick Historical Museum, an incredible arrangement of relocated and renovated homes from the 1840s to 1880s - cottages, raupo (reed) and sod huts and stores - with staff in period costume ready to roleplay and answer questions. Each home is full of contemporary details and the true stories of occupants - mostly Fencibles. The Fencibles were retired soldiers invited to New Zealand as a reserve force. They saw no action. Many of the Fencibles (The name derives from 'defencible') arrived from Ireland with their families to escape poverty and the Potato Famine. Many died on the 120-day voyage to Auckland.
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