Flames International Hotel
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Feeling tired from our early morning Skype call we checked out of our hostel and took a taxi to the Wilderness. Not the type of wilderness we hope to experience here in NZ, but to a company called Wilderness who we are getting our campervan from to explore the wilderness. How many times am I going to write wilderness.
Collecting our camper took almost 3 hours as we had to be ...
... had feet covers. Before we went in, they told us what to look out for - morey eels, scorpion fish, rays, coral sharks, and so many different kinds of fish. They also told us that we didn't have to be careful - unlike in the tropics, where the reefs are delicate, this place gets hammered fairly regularly by large storms. The life here is therefore really hardy, and we could touch and grab anything we saw (unless it had spikes, then they strongly advised us not to). We ...
... at the back packers bar next door to us. They played some great tunes and had some decent drinks deals on. I had my eye on a rather tall, dashing fellow but couldn't be bothered to speak to him. As the night went on he pondered over to me and started chatting. He looked a bit like Channing Tatum but had a gap in his teeth (which was a bit of a downer) and he was more lanky. However, his name was Mike so he can be called Magic Mike. Anyway it's a rather boring story because he was ...
With that, we were done, managing not to be last on the bus this time. The road to the walkway is narrow and winding, but that back to Paihia was smooth and quick and we were soon, too soon in the bright sunshine of late afternoon, back into town. I waved my morning busmates off and continued into town, walking back from there along the seafront.
Wonderful. Nicki and I had foregone the nightlife the previous evening but agreed to head to the pub that night ...
... that shared them.
Moments of the holiday no.4:
Spotting a catamaran in Whangerei harbour that was for sale, googling it and discovering that it was worth more than our house at $990,000NZ!
Methods of transport so far:
On foot, Car, Coach, Plane, Taxi, Bus, Rickshaw, Cable Car, Zip Wire, Lift, Ferry Boat, Bike, Luge, Speed Boat, Kayak, Ice ...