A day of water

Trip Start Oct 21, 2006
Trip End Mar 21, 2008

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

We wake up, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, around 7am. The weather today is even worse than yesterday, with driving rain and whistling winds that rattle the windows of our old house. Nonetheless, we figure we did not come all this way just to sit around, so we borrow the car and go for a drive.

Makara beach is right on the western coast of the Wellington region, totally isolated from any other settlements and a somewhat barren and cold stretch of coastline at the best of times, let alone a day like today. It is, however, very picturesque in its own rugged, rocky, raw kind of way. The road there is ever so pretty, winding through the gorse-covered hills, alongside a river that is nearly bursting its banks from all the rain, and past verdant but dishevelled paddocks with collections of bouncy sheep. At Makara becah we are the only people for miles, so we go for a walk, with the wind barrelling into us and the rain pecking away at our parkas. Once around a secluded corner, Jane decides to strip off and do a naked run down to the water, for the benefit of our video 'documentary', against the backdrop of a raging sea and a misty horizon.

We drive all the way back to the Southern edge of the North Island, where the sea is particularly angry. The famous Wellington southerly, which starts near the Antarctic and builds up speed, lashes the southern beaches, with accompanying waves of furious sea water. We walk on to one such beach but the wind is almost literally overpowering. We can barely force our way into the gale and, when we turn to go back to the car, we are blown right past it and on to the empty road.

Continuing along the coastline, we end up at the Chocolate Fish cafe, a beachside hangout for the Lord of the Rings stars like Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood, who would pop down for a mocha-choca-latte and a chocolate fish from Peter Jackson's nearby studios.

Last time we were in Wellington, we had some great fish and chips, so we pop back to the same spot and buy a big feast and take it home for lunch. After lunch and a nap, we drive back out to the suburb of Brooklyn to see the film 'Water' about Indian widows. The movie was nice, Jane cried, but the title just seemed to sum up our day.
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jambo on

Re: Snacktime?
Hey Jon - Yes, it's a Kiwi icon, the old choccy fish. Good luck with the weather, we're off to Oz today!

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