All Willy-Nilly in Wet Wellys!
Trip Start Apr 21, 2010
21Trip End May 31, 2010
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So, Shenan and I decide to pack up and drive down to Wellington to visit Elizabeth and company. And that's precisely what we did. Oh, and can I just say, remember the "Exclaim" Game? Where I EXCLAIM as loudly as possible what road hazard there is to look out for? Well, this game got a lot less fun now that Chopz has decided to play along with me. And the bugger has binoculars for eyes, so he reads the sign far before I do. And he cheats. I'm sawing logs in my Passenger Seat of Snooze, when suddenly I'm awoken by "TRUCKS CROSSING!!!" compliments of my loving fiance. Nearly pissed my L&P right there. Dirty Fightin' Kiwis. Of course, this means war
Also, on the way down to Wellington, there's a spot where we drove nearly 30kilometers in an almost STRAIGHT LINE!! Felt like I was back home, driving good 'ol Highway 1.
Wellington is very spread out, and very cool. It's even more cool when you have a tour guide like Kawe feeding you all sorts of little nuggets of knowledge about this beautiful city. Very fun! Got to meet the whole Roes whanau too, and Elizabeth makes a mean chicken chop suey. Nom nom! And then Kawe, Chopz and I decided we needed to amp up the culture in my NZ experience, and we went to a diva's improv show at the Bats Theater. Which is the cutest damned theater I think I've ever been in. Seats about a max of 80 people, absolutely NO wings, no curtains, just two back doors. EFFIN PRECIOUS. And it was a great night, the troupe was of 5 ladies who did an hour improv show, and they were really funny! Had a lot of great laughs! We stayed at Kawe and Pua's place, which has these massive windows that overlook the goregous bay that the ships come in and out of. Oh, and then through the kitchen window, it's overlooking the city lights of Wellington. That must be a shame to look out of every night and every morning.... sigh.... I have my jealousy pants on....
Awoke the next morning, went for breakfast with Elizabeth, Wallace and Kawe, and then in the car to GRAVITY CANYON.......
He he he.... okay. So can I just say, that flying face-first, Superman-style through a ginormous canyon, is probably one of the coolest things ever. (Aside from Zorbing. I mean, really. Zorbing is the coolest thing in the history of time.) Okay, so we pull up to this Gourge of Stupid Activities for the Mentally Insane. We look up at this mother trucker..... the flying fox platform sits 175 meters above the riverbed below. The zipline is 1 kilometer. They put you in a sling-style harness, so that you're suspended underneath the zipline, superman style. Then they release this thing, and you fly at 160km/h down this bastard to the other side, which then lets gravity make you go back and forth until you come to a rest in the middle. So I'm looking up at this platform, and then looking down at the riverbed below. I may or may not have soiled myself at the thought of doing this. And for the first time.... nearly chickened out. I sat and thought about it for a few minutes... then watched other people go down it. After being told that it wasn't a free fall, I was back in the game. But they don't tell you that you have to hike up a bastard MOUNTAIN to get there. during our 10 minute hike, Shenan rolled his ankle. We haven't even been strapped to a contraption that could potentially hurdle us face first into the rockface on the other side..... sigh. So we keep treking, where there is the couple we just watched do the zipline heading back down. "How was it?" we inquire. "It's great fun! Good time!" they inform us. "Are you two doing all three?" (meaning bungee, canyon swing and flying fox), "No we're just doing this." "AW! You chickens!".... we have just been called chickens because apparently, flying face first down a canyon isn't ENOUGH. Right-o, mister. So we get to the top, take 5 minutes to collect our breath after our trek, and get strapped in this bastard
Oh, so then Shenan drives like a New Zealander to get back to New Plymouth in time to pick up the resized engagement ring, which we got the call about earlier that day! And when I say, he drove like a New Zealander, I mean, the car ride alone was an adventure ride all in itself. Crazy Kiwi drivers. We get back, pick up the ring, and hobble Shenan's poor ass in the house... you see, after sitting in the car for 3 hours after rolling his ankle, now it's pretty painful for him, and my finace's new nickname, compliments of myself, is Hoppy. LOL. See Hoose, there really ARE kangaroos in New Zealand!!! LOL!
So Choppy the Hoppy and I get into a taxi and go down to Icons for our engagement party, which was SUCH A GREAT AND FUN NIGHT! Some of Hoppy's workmates came down to meet me, and we also had another fantastic evening with Nutta and Huria! And after mucho-boozeo, headed to Fredricks, had more booze, ate a street sangwich, and then back home. Fan-freakin-tastic evening! (Have I mentioned that the people down here are extremely nice??? Oh wait, I think I have. Well it's still true.) Huria and Nutta got 'Caniwi Omelettes' this morning, and now we're off to party with Hoppy's whanau in Pio Pio! TTYS!