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... so the kiwi were hiding.
On to Jude's place for a lovely roast dinner and some more holiday planning. Just discovered how far away the East cape lighthouse is from Gisborne and I am still trying to squeeze it in. Over 700 steps to the top, we are planning on getting up early (does not sound like me at all) make the trek in the dark and see the sun rise. Fingers crossed for a sunny ...
... the filming sites on Mount Victoria.
The following day, we visited Weta Caves which is the company that produced all the props and clothing for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. We took the behind the scenes tour and was able to learn the process from design to finish for props. There is a lot of work that goes into making props such as the swords, guns, clothing, armor, etc! We were not able to take photos on the tour, but it was very educational!
... the music makes a big difference to a road trip. There's some decent tracks on 'tourism radio', but there's too much mediocre music. So the station Kirsty found was most refreshing.
Sadly it didn't last for long. We were driving up the dry, arid hills to take us over to the east coast and the signal didn't quite reach this far. About half way however we stop at Waipunga falls. A very pleasant surprise. A huge set of falls, with several cascades, dropping into a gorge. ...
... here, mostly trucks, and three out of four other cars are new Ford Ranger utes. It must have been a good year in the rural sector. I pull over to photograph the enormous Mohaka rail viaduct, which involves running onto the narrow road bridge to take snaps and get off before a car comes.
As I drive further north, productive ...
... a few days she will be petrified and totally solid. Her mouth will still be open but she won't be able to talk. Then we stop to let some more passengers on. He asks where they are from. When they say the UK he says that's ok and they can get on. A lady asks who would not be allowed on. He says he doesn't want to say but it begins with A. And he says "It's not Antarticans." He then tells us he had ...