Solar Success

Trip Start Oct 18, 2010
Trip End Jan 18, 2011

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Waiinu Beach Campsite

Flag of New Zealand  , Wellington,
Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday 1st November 2010

It was lovely and sunny, albeit still a little windy, when we woke up this morning. We decided to dominate and pack up Katsue first then go and have breakfast etc in the camp kitchen before our necessary departure at 10am. I nipped along to see the lady at reception as we had some problems logging onto the Internet the previous night. We managed to rectify the problem and she kindly told us there was no rush for us to leave and we were to 'cruise' for as long as we wanted. We liked the sound of that so had a leisurely breakfast whilst fulfilling some admin tasks on the Internet. We had received an email from a lady called Stefanie who we had been in contact with through the Wwofing website. This is basically a national scheme whereby people volunteer to work on organic farms for 3-5 hours a day in return for accommodation and hospitality. Anyway, Stefanie needed help to relocate a sheep-dog puppy from Hawera to her home in Hokianga Harbour, Northland. We spent most of this morning deciding whether we would be able to do it as a) it would mean missing out some of the things we had wanted to see; b) doing a lot of driving over a short amount of time in the next few days and c) fitting a small dog appropriately into the truck. However, we figured that its always good to do something nice for other people, have an adventure, free the mind, face up to one's immense fear of dogs, we had been invited to stay with them for the weekend to say thank you for the deed. Consequently, the majority of today was spent working out the logistics of doing this. We hit the road and once in Wanganui we were able to call Stefanie and sort out a few things. We also stumbled across a Pack 'n' Save which we had been told so much about for its unique cheapness. Horray.

Working from our road map we had devised a route from Wanganhui to our proposed campsite at Waiinu Beach via a 4x4 track running along the coastline. So off we set, worming our way through suburbia to find the track. We eventually ended up on the beach where we passed an old guy on a quad bike. He informed us there was no track going where we intended so we stopped and had lunch instead. If in doubt...dine. The black sand beaches along this coast are a truly lovely backdrop for a sandwich.

Thankfully we made it back onto the main road and continued on the path most travelled to reach our campsite situated in Nukumaru Recreational Reserve, Waiinu Beach. We set up camp behind some shrubbery for shelter and had a cup of tea. We then went for a little walk, admiring the finely sculpted driftwood and thousands of shells that seemed to path our way along the beach. We cracked open a bottle of Ngatawara Syrah which had a distinct aroma of new pencil case and Tom set to work preparing an Indian style chicken curry brimming with vegetables and all things good. It got pretty chilly as soon as the sun disappeared behind the surrounding sand dunes so we set about reading/blogging in the front of the truck. A fine day was had by us both. 

Tomorrow we collect the dog...
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