Tourist Court Motel
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... but relieved that I had taken out "Peace of Mind" additional insurance to avoid any excess charges in the event of an accident. The hotel team welcomed us back which was nice and we went to our room and sorted out our dirty washing and luggage. After this enjoyed supper at "Lava" and we're the restaurant's last guests before retiring for bed and setting our alarm clock for 4 am so that we could get to Aukland airport and flying to Queenstown, South ...
... we've been venturing out to explore our new stomping grounds. It has not taken long to reconfirm that when cycling, it will always be more uphill and windier on the way back; I have also found this to be the case with trail running - with more stairs on the way back than the way out. Last weekend, we did a day trip to Tarawera Falls - about 50kms from here; it's really beautiful place, we're hoping to do another day hike and camp out around the ...
... to buy stuff - lots of stuff, as it has been a very long time since we've had a) stuff that doesn't have to fit into a 70 liter backpack, and b) stuff that isn't ******. We started at Smiths City (furniture store) on our stuff-bonanza, buying pretty much buying one of everything and befriending salesman Brian, who is probably living in a mansion right now thanks to commission off us. As a thank-you for our gluttony, Smiths City gave us a frozen chicken ...
... get out and explore the local area. Whakatane is a pretty little coastal town of about 18,000. There is heaps of hiking and cycling starting right from Whakatane and Ohope Beach (voted one of NZ's best beaches) is a 10 min drive. Once we get a bit more settled and are a bit clearer on if I have a job or am now a cult-member, I think we could easily set up a new little life here.
Next blog: my new job/cult membership :)
... and then walk up the volcano which makes up the island. We could see it across the sea from our apartment. It is New. Zealand's only marine volcano which means it is a volcano sticking out of the sea. We had watched while we ate breakfast that morning as it puffed away. It is far from dormant, let alone extinct. So we wandered up and down Whakatane's main shopping street and Barbara bought a pair of binoculars in preparation for ...