Australasia | New Zealand – Hello from Napier
well, it has been awhiel since I’ve written i’m sorry to say…we purchased a car for those of you who dont know and it has been an endless adventure! It has enabled us to see New Zealand through a completely different eye, one we didn’t see in Australia because of the Oz Experience and would not have seen on the Kiwi Experience. New Zealand as most people know is beautiful, everyone says like Lord of the RIngs beautiful. I have been keeping my eyes out as I drive (i keep an eye on the road as well), and i have yet to see Lord of the Rings territory although I don’t fully remember what it looked like…all i know is that it truely is beautiful!!
Our first few days were spent in Auckland, the biggest city in New Zealand. We stayed at a backpackers and decided we wanted to buy a car! on our second day of looking we were successful and purchased a 1989 Ford Telstar from a German couple who were very reluctant to hand it over. So far it has been completely worth it as it provides cheap and fun transportation as well as free accomodation. Well not free, but in the end it willdefinitly pay off…
Our third day we met up with my friend Michael who is a kiwi himself, whom i met when i was 11 in Brasil. Emailing finally paid off and we successfully met after 8 years of emailing back and forth! He invited us to stay at his house in a placed called Paeroa which we gladly accepted. We were able to meet his family consiting of a twin brother, John and a younger sister Anne and his parents Peter and Helen. They were wonderful and very hospitable. It was such a nice treat to stay in a home again… Michael was an expert tour guide and showed us around his town and the Corremandle Peninsula (all breath-taking)!
We thanked our hosts on our 5t day and headed back to Auckland to hear a band which we’re stumbled upon one day…We arrived at the bar and found they were’nt playing for a few hours and the bar was dead. Heavy hearted we resorted to the bar underneith our backpackers and had a splendid time there, so i really can’t complain!
The next day we met Michael in a town callec Hamilton where his friends attend University. That night we slept in the car for the first time and it was very cosy to say the least,but a good nights sleep was had.
The next day we departed and drove to a town called Rotorua known for its thermal activity. We set up our tent at the backpackers and spent a sleepless night tossing and turning in the freezing cold weather! Before we left we stopped by a Polynesian Spa with thermally heated pools, our big slurg ($9) for the restless nights. Very nice and relaxing!
OUr next stop was a place called Taupo. On our way we stopped by a waterfall and went on a hike which was lovely as the sky was cloudless and the temperature mild. We hoped back in the car and headed south. This was yesterday, all the days seem to blend together. So last night we set up a tent again, but i chose not to sleep in it and slept in the car while Anna occupied the tent.
Today we had about a 2 hour drive through beautiful territory and rolling hills and magnificent mountains. The roads are rather scary to drive, especially coming from ultr-flat Florida, but we made it! A few times on the steeper bits though it felt like the car might not!
However, we arrived into our current location safely (Napier) and plan to stay here tonight, leave tomorrow headed for Hamilton, where Michael attend university. After that we plan on taking the ferry to the south island which is meant to be even more picturesque than the Northern Island. But who knows, having a car creates infinite possiblities for adventure, so who knows where the road ahead leads…
I hope this reaches you all happy and well as Anna and I have not a complaint in the world (other than some chilly nights)
Oh and we’ve been informed that this weather isn’t even cold compared to the South Island where there’s snow. Anna and I are secretly keeping our fingers crossed there is snow, might yeild a day of snowboarding to make up for our tightly budgeted trip thus far. Until next time much love peace and pura vida