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... little compartments everywhere; surprisingly heat
insulating and light blocking blinds; fridge, gas stove, sink,
cutlery etc and food storage in the boot; all clean and with
everything working. It felt modern too and after deciding the three
layouts of 'day', 'evening' and 'night' time and perfecting the
routine of switching between them, it was just ideal for us; even if
it was bright green and purple.
Having chosen our camper ...
... nice peaceful DoC campsite was enjoyed, even if we did have a tricky time trying to shield the cooker from the rain with a brolly to stop our beans going runny.
The next day was a long drive through towns which each prided themselves in creating a massive sculpture out of wriggly tin. Sculptures which hinted at the key industry locally; a carrot, a welly boot, a peach, a garage door remote and so on. The night was spent in another sodden wet DoC site but it was one ...
... and so we needed to stay relatively close so we could get there at a decent time! We stayed at a campsite called Keeley reserve, next to a beautiful dam. When we arrived we had abit to eat and went straight to bed. None of us had done any exercise for a while, so we were knakered! 30/4 Hobbiton! Or The Shire, whatever you want to call it! Quite excited actually. We got there nice and early, around 9.30am, and booked tickets. We then had breakfast there and waited for our tour ...
... last saw them.
Lola gave me a wonderful tour of windy Wellington, driving along the coastal road enjoying lunch at the chocolate fish cafe. We also stopped at weta studios where lord of the rings was partly created. Another day Iwent with Lola and Ollie to Zealandia which is a large bird sanctuary with fencing to keep out the pests like stoats and rats which are endangering the birds. Tui is one of my favorite birds, with its lovely ranging birdsong.
I couldn't ...
... water and was wedged in on her back which was hilarious. Even though there were hundreds of eels in the river we ended up jumping in, it was a great experience and will definitely be doing it again. In the meantime Beth went for a wander round town whilst waiting for Jen and Nicola to finish. We all went out for lunch at Carls burger place. We then hopped on a bus to go luging. Luging is where you sit on a board with wheels and drive it down a big hill on different ...