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Published: January 7th 2008
I'm losing a bit the rhythm of writing my story in time.
Last time a added pictures that should be in this entry.
So it is a bit mixed up. Anyway, I'll try to cover the whole
story uptill today!
So last time, I ended the story at the 29th of december whem I was
leaving for the east cape trip, with the main goal: the rythm and vines
festival the 31st of december. So with a full bus, 11 people I think,
we left. Jason the busdriver was a local Maori guy, so he knew all the little nice places, beaches and bays all over!
The first day we arrived at in Pihi's place in Maraehako bay. A great backpackers right on the beach! We were there for ten minutes and immideatly jumped into his big boat to go fishing. Big competition boys
against girls. Of course girls won, and I finally discoverd my hidden talent! At night, relaxing around the campfire, eating the fish we caught, Jason playing the gitar,eating burnt marshmallows, little fishhunting trip under a MILLION of stars!
Next day (30/12) we were heading for Tomaru bay and slept at Brian's place. During the
day, we went to a the beach, hoping to catch some crayfish for the bbq.. but.. the weren't very hungry, the crayfish!
In the end, Brian took care of us, with a huge fish on the bbq, so we looked for the salads together with all the people staying there. Great food on the terras with view over the sea again!
The last day of the year (31/12) going towards Gisborne for the FESTIVAL! Again we slept at a place with the sea just across the road!
And of coursssse..bbq! To fill the stomaches. Avon's place was again very
particular. Let's say that they pimped up their garage to somekind of lodge! Primitive, but really nice. At about 6 pm we left for the festival!
Jason and Leo planted a tent on the field, so that we could find somebody if we were lost, or take a little nap if needed. Great times at the festival, but after the count down, too much dance music in my opinion! Around 3 am was everybody quiet tired, so in the tent for 3 persons, we were lying with 10 people i think. Warm and nice, next to the main stage. At dawn,
we got up the sea the first sunrise of 2008 in the world (because we were at the most eastern point). But... it was cloudy! At 6 am we went back to Avon's place and slept all day long!
So the first of january 2008 was most relaxing and sleeping. At night a little tour through Gisborne and a hot chocolate.. and we all slept like babies.
Next day (02/1) I went for a surf across the street, the others went rocksliding. In the afternoon we drove back to Rotorua and arrived late at night. We all went together to the Lava bar, just next door the backpackers, to say goodbye! Clare and the canadians were heading south, Jason and Rose north, and Didi, Gary, Gavin, Bill and me stayed in Rotorua.
A day of rest was needed, and so we did. A little walk in the park, sleep, eat, a litlle swim in the hot pool...
The day after, we (Didi,me,gary,gavin) decided to rent a car and go to Wai-o-tapu! A thermal geyser park, wich was very, very nice but very smelly (sulphur, because of vulcanic activity of the area). We also visited the loke, and the agrodome where
the guys went zoring (coming down from the hill in a plasic ball).
The next moring, I still had my straypass valid for the ride from Rotorua to Taupo. Didi had to stay in Rotorua to wait for some friends. Gavin and Gary I would me again in the evening in Taupo.
Today was the day I got the possibility to do the skydive! So I did! Oh my god, It was great! I immediatly wanted to go up again. It's just incredible. After that, we went to a hot water river. We were still in the volcanic area and this river was about 40 celcius I guess. Very relaxing after this rushing day. At night I met Gary and Gavin and the had already
booked a bus for us to the Tongariro National park, to do the Tongariro crossing ( super 8 hours-walk over the craters of a volcano!)
We left the hostel on sundaymorning at 5.40 am! We didn't sleep very much, because we chose the most partying backpackers of whole n-z, I estimate and our room was exactly above the disco! Good choice.
The walk was long, but fantastic. Pictures will tell you more than words..
So in the evening we slept in a very quiet youth hostel, wich was really needed. We ate a fantastic spaghetti bolognaise, because we deserved it, did the laundry and went to bed.
So yesterday 7/1, I decided to go to Napier to go and see the Art deco city of N-Z (finally some architecture 😉 and Gavin and Gary went down south to Wellington... I had to say goodbye again... And so my story goes on... in little Napier.
Sorry, next time I'll make it shorter.
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