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... lucky again with the weather. It is a lovely sunny day with no wind. The sea on the whole crossing is flat calm, much to my relief as I am not a good sailor.
The ferry is not full but there is the usual jockeying for position for the best seats. We get a couple of nice looking seats in an area at the back with glass walls giving a good view. A woman is sitting near us trying to keep seats together for seven friends and having ...
... I drove the rest of the way. We arrived in Apiti about 8.30pm. From Apiti, Donna lives about 20 minutes out in the middle of nowhere. The road is fine until we get onto the road that runs right up to Donna's house. It's a gravel road, and as we were in a rental car, I drove carefully up the road. All we needed was a little stone to hit the windscreen and that would be us buggered. So I drove up very carefully to Donna's driveway, which I forgot was a ...
... uses corks in their bottles. A majority of wineries in this region use screw tops. We discussed this topic with more than one vineyard owner and learned that "corking" was destroying a large percentage of yield. It was expensive to convert to screw tops, but the technology has advanced so the quality is assured. However, the perception in Europe & the USA that NZ wines are cheap & low quality has to be overcome. Wairau River wines was our last stop, ...
... with a Maori symbol engraved on it. The symbol is known as 'Hei Toki' meaning 'The Adze'. It represents strength, power, determination and focus. It reminded me that we all have our tough moments at times but it is important for us to belie in ourselves and have that strength and determination to carry on, to keep trying and to never give up. I now have that symbol around my neck to remind me that when and if times get tough in the future, I need to focus on moving forward.
... so we negotiated a discount, and headed off, feeling like we had wasted a good few days, on a hope. Still I get the impression Natalee wasn't too upset for herself, mainly for me, as she knew how much I wanted to do the crossing, whereas the thought of it just made her wince! So after a some stunning drives, a night or two around the Waitomo region camping, again in the rain, we headed for the caves, remember them, we didn't go when we visited them a few weeks ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Free parking