AJ's Backpackers Lodge

405 Southland Road, Hastings, North Island, New Zealand | Hostel
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Travel Blogs from Hastings

Stronger together ... For Maori, by Maori

A travel blog entry by kerrynjones


In Hastings we visited two services that provide whanau (family) support. The first of these is at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga from which a number of services and programs operate. The Family Start program has been operating for 14 years and has a Parents as First Teachers approach. Families that are referred to this parenting support service (or who seek out support themselves) receive visits to the home from a worker, that focus primarily on the child. For the first 12 weeks these ...

Counting down the days

A travel blog entry by khughes17


... Marcel anymore as it really wasn't worth it. We did the job asked. After the first smoko, Rebecca caught Leon drinking straight out of the milk carton!!! Yuck! I mean, have some manners about you! So I didn't touch the milk after that, I fact I only had fruit as even if he had touched it I could peel it! He didn't smell so bad when he got in the van this morning but as the day went on he got worse. And he was eating most of the morning, which isn't fair as the shears should ...

'Twas the night before Christmas

A travel blog entry by khughes17


... started the BBQ. We had lamb chops, chicken kebabs, beef steak, sausages and chicken skewers. We were so full by the end of the BBQ! It was a fabulous day, really great spending time with a great family. It made our Christmas. Boxing Day We woke up about 8am and watches some more films over breakfast. Then we got ready and went to Dawns. We arrived at dawns and Donna was there too. It was great to see her. She was on good form. We had a few drinks and a catch ...

Eat, sleep, work, repeat....

A travel blog entry by khughes17

... up and we followed in our car. What a performance! So we didn't get to the shed until 7.30am. And because the van was late, Charlie the other shearer went home as nobody picked him up. So we only had two shearers and four rousies! We started on the ewes and after about half an hour, Charlie turned up. It wasn't too bad as it was full wool so there was something to do all the time. We stopped at 9am for smoko. Morning smoko is half an hour. About 10am Joe rocks up! He ...

The Big Move

A travel blog entry by khughes17


We're in! We've moved into the caravan. We outstayed our welcome in the cabin so it was time to move on in to the 'luxury' caravan. It's actually not so bad. It's a different one to the one we were originally going to move into. Mick and Laura are in that one. He's an Aussie and she's a Scouser! We worked with them last year and they come to a few of the shearing competitions at home. ...


This hostel, located on 405 Southland Road, Hastings, is near Te Mata Peak, Grape Escape Ltd, Craggy Range Winery, and Sileni Estates.
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