Hacienda Motor Lodge
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Tonight for dinner we're having a famous New Zealand boil up. We need watercress so we were up early to head out to a stream on the farm to pick our own. Personally I would have headed to the supermarket but Rachel wants to relive her youth in the country. I borrowed Tony's wellies, I'll tell him when he gets home that they have a split in them and are not waterproof. 5 carrier bags of watercress later I think we have enough. The rest of the day was ...
... a small clear plastic bag with 3 pills in it. One of them was blue and diamond shaped!!! So there I was, thinking "should I try this" when there was a loud snore from the bed. Well the bubble was burst and I threw them down the toilet and went to bed. When we arranged this holiday, we did not include a visit to the Coromandel peninsula which Liz wanted to visit. So we took a detour hereon the way to our next ...
... community market day in Feilding. It is a combo craft, flea market, produce day. There was also a gala market at St Brigid 's Catholic Church. Then we took a stroll through downtown Feilding. It is a good feeling to find familiar shops still here, and a bit sad to note the ones that have gone. A bit of grocery shopping and a quiet evening finished the day.
2 February: It is market day in Sanson about 12 Km from Feilding. This market goes ...
We have grazed on chinese food for a couple of weeks now and so we decided to be typical westerners and have McDonalds. Now let me tell you McDonalds in China has to be the worst in the world. I come to this conclusion by taking the Big Mac test. Avoid at all costs if you can and it is expensive.
We took one last stroll from the hotel to Wangfuling Snack Street and walked the markets looking ...
... was sold.
Friday was great! I met a lot of new people and hanging out with everyone at the first campsite was so fun. Saturday was shaping up to be a great day...that is until we actually started hiking. Um, excuse me but how is a 3 hour vertical climb filled with roots, rocks, and slippery gravel in any way, shape, or form EASY?!?! I was expecting a leisurely hike with some nice scenery and a well-maintained trail like on the Abel Tasman but this situation was pretty much ...