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After getting up at 7am we were packed up and ready to go after washing the bedding and towels and giving the sleepout one last clean.
We had to make a stop in Motueka to send our tax refund forms off – fingers crossed we'll get some money back. We also dropped off a few things at the Op (charity) shop that we no longer needed.
Blues, Brews and BBQS
We returned to Blenhiem and dropped off our stuff at our hostel The Grapevine before setting out for the festival. Our extemely friendly hostel owner had clued us up a bit on where to get tickets and where to go so we went to get our tickets and then we had some time to kill before it started so we headed into town. …
I've managed to tick a lot of animals off my 'would like to see’ list over the past few months, but despite spending several hours at the whale-watching centre in Oregon and travelling up the west coast of the US during the grey whale migration season I’d still yet to see a whale! Today was going to be our chance! I’d seen on a …
We had a very lazy morning before walking to the 'Wairau Hospital' which seemed to take such a long time. I was first given an x-ray to check that my wrist was still in a good position. The doctor was happy with it and so he sent me to the plaster room to get a new cast. He told me I would be fine to fly and wrote me a letter, but my new cast had …
We woke up and had breakfast, which involved Andrew borrowing a random jar of jam. We spent the morning doing very little but later in the afternoon we walked into the town centre and found a bar situated by the riverside. We had an ice cold beer which gave us a taste for alcohol so we walked further and found another bar. Andrew made us a huge pan …
About 90% of the people staying here were long term residents who are working in the local area, so the atmosphere is not the same as a regular backpackers. We felt like we were gate crashing a giant flatshare.
We had a double room in a separate building where we shared the bathroom with another double room. Our room was right next to the bathroom and the walls were paper then. We could hear EVERYTHING, including people brushing their teeth. Some serious noise insulation is needed. The other couple showered at 10.30pm and then were up at 6.30am. The second morning another couple spent an hour in the bathroom from 6.30am.
The kitchen whilst on reflection is well equipped with 3 toasters, 2 kettles, a microwave, rice cooker, a full sized cooker and 2 electric hobs...the place itself was filthy. This was due to everyone who lived there treating it like their own place. Despite the numerous sign everywhere asking people to clean up, wash up and put away, it just didn't happen.
The owner is around during the day and a couple live on site. Apart from seeing the owner a couple of times, we didn't see the staff living on site.
Because everyone goes out to work, breakfast in the kitchen is easier than trying to cook your evening meal. That is when you've wiped an area down to put your stuff.
Wi-fi is $5 for 1 hour or you can use their very antiquated PC whic is $2 for 20 minutes. We tried to use the PC but couldn't get our SD card to fit into the SD card slot and we just couldn't get the CF card reader to recognise my CF card. The owner did kindly refund my $2.
There must be better places to stay in Blenheim than here.
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