Braemar Motor Lodge
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We arrive at Mana Tamariki late on Sunday afternoon and Brenda and Miria meet us to kindly show us around. Mana Tamariki was initially set up as Te Kohanga Reo (a language nest - for very young children) giving primacy to Maori culture and language back in 1989 (in recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi). From here it grew to also include a primary school (Te Kura Kaupapa Maori) and now also includes a secondary school. The foundation ...
I am Back!!! We were away in the wilderness for a week with no connection to the outside world and as I might have mentioned before good!!!! internet connection at accommodations SUCKs! and as slow as molasses.
( eg. Downloading one small video clip takes 1/2 hr. to upload!!!!!) crazy,
We continued down the Beautiful West coast and made a stop in Hokitika ( the jade capital of New Zealand). I have never ...
... queened! He looked so happy. There was a massive bon fire and many drunk people. I think we missed a drag show, but the atmosphere was still pretty good.
After the countdown we went down to the beach and lit some fireworks and then passed out for the night. Apparently there was a couple fighting outside of our tent all night and they kept some people up. I was sound asleep thankfully.
In the morning ...
... and Waikiki was a good idea and the Papaya Paradise is a quiet and relaxing place to stay.
A hire car is a must if you want to explore the island, but sat-nav or a good map is essential.
The down side - picking up the hire car. Hertz in Waikiki appeared under resourced and I doubt very much that our car was properly cleaned before we picked it up. Although I could be wrong and the sand across the dash was there on purpose to prepare you for the beach. ...
... The young fellow's pants were so tight that the zipper blew out leaving him unfortunately exposed. In true pilot fashion he bore this with good humor having no other option until the bus would return us to the hotel at 10.
Dinner was accompanied by the expected speeches and introductions. Everyone seemed to have a good time. After dessert we received our first packets with the identification challenges for the competition leg: Masterton to Hokitika. This ...