Alcamo Hotel - Hamilton
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Sorry to leave Taipa at 10 am for our journey back to Hamilton - in fact we have wanted to stay longer in all the places we have been so far, and there is still a long way to go. We stopped at Whangarei for our lunch break. We ate at Reva's, a restaurant by the Basin (Marina). Continuing with our journey, we took some lovely scenic pictures from the car into Orewa ...
... out the kayak and washed our feet, we were greeted by Charlie, the owner of the farm. He took us to a pond were he kept the eels and let us feed them while he told us all about them and what he does on his farm. We then walked up to his house which was a converted stable and his wife had laid out juice, tea and coffee, orange wedges and homemade scones! She was really lovely and also talked to us about what they do on the eco farm. They then took us for a walk ...
... so that I could stay. Particularly I did some content management at the website in association with the website designer of Parentline and a branding company in Hamilton. It was really rewarding and nice to work with. Eventually I ended up updating the website and added new information/content and I also made some changes around the layout. Actually Cathy the CEO of Parentline, offered me a fixed term contract! I was so surprised and excited at the same time. Unfortunately ...
As I write this it is June 1st, and officially winter here in NZ. It's funny, because sat here in Tauranga it feels like mid-summer in the UK! The sun is still warm up here in the north, but tomorrow we return to Ohakune, and then soon I go to South Island.
Yesterday I took a trip to the Hobbiton movie set just outside Matamata. In the end it was totally worth the money. It felt like more than a set; there was such a magical and ...
... signs of civilisation. Bit worrying when I was still walking after 20 minutes and hadn't seen anyone else walking at all! Anyway I found the place in the end and everyone else seemed to have arrived by car which is why I saw no one else. We donned wetsuits, boots and helmets (so another glamorous day...) and had a practice being thrown backwards off a jetty onto inflatable ...