Good Riddance Roto-Vegas

Trip Start Sep 05, 2007
Trip End May 01, 2008

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Back on the road! 24 hours later and with $500 less in the pocketbook, we were on the road again. It turns out the distributor shaft went and took out the whole distributor with it. That would be why the car wouldn't run.

Rotorua is not a great place. Actually, Rotorua is a frikkin hole. Our hostel was large, dirty and un-welcoming (sorry Base). Everything in Rotorua cost money, even the "parks". $50 to see a geyser that should be public! Fat chance, suck it.

We left Rotorua around 1400. Jaiyme and Camiel said they would pay my next 2 nights accommodations because of my bad luck. They are a good couple of guys to be traveling with (I have found they are reading my blog so I can not compliment them too much, as I do not want to travel with over-inflated Dutch egos).

We arrived in Opotiki around 5 to find all the hostels full. Perhaps we should consider planning in the future. We almost went on o Te Kaha, but luckily, we phoned ahead, and found that all the hostels there were full too.

We back-tracked almost an hour to Whakatane (Fuck-a-taan-eh). We managed to get a place in Lloyd's Lodge; the best hostel so far. The owner is a lovely lady, and the hostel a house. Only a few beds so it is really cozy.

Tonight we ate spaghetti. Tomorrow we go to the East Cape.
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