$19 the cost of nature.

Trip Start Jun 25, 2011
Trip End Dec 24, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Sunday, November 27, 2011

We drag ourselves out of bed at 5AM to drive to Coromandel for our fishing trip with Sean (a friend of Carl and Emma's who kindly offered to take us out fishing on his boat.) When we arrive at his place it is around 7:30 and Sean and his friend Al are a little worse for ware, made obvious by the beer cans and champagne bottles strewn around the place. It seems we missed out on a party last night! But, determined to carry on, the boys attatch the very swish speed boat to the back of their car and we follow them for another half an hour or so to a beautiful place called Thames. After coffee and bait stop, we are on the water and Claire nearly pees her pants at how fast the boat goes. Equipped with speaker system, toilet and swish leather seats we have a very comfortable morning/afternoon fishing on the boat mainly spent asking inane questions to a very hungover Sean and Al, like, "have you ever NOT caught any fish?" "what's the biggest fish you've caught?" "what do I do when I think that I might have caught a fish, and how will I know when I have caught a fish and will I definitely then be able to pull said fish up onto the boat and when/if I do will it bite me?!" etc.

Anchored amongst a huge mussel farm, we try a couple of places for a while and nothin's goin. However the third place we choose to try we get more luck. 4 red snapper, and a baby hammer head shark (caught by CLAIRE) later and we set back to shore at 3:30pm where we part ways with the boys and make our way to Corromandel town.

When we arrive we stop for dinner at a Thai restaurant, which is being single handedly manned by one small Thai lady. She is literaly taking orders, running into the kitchen, coming out to take money and back to the kitchen to cook again. Claire speaks to her in Thai and we have a little chat with her about our travels and the flooding in Bangkok.

After dinner we get supplies for our night of camping. We stop to get petrol and the guy at the station tells us where there is a nice camping ground nearby, and tells us to say that "Graham sent you" so we think that maybe this means that we can get a discount or something. However when Claire tells the lady at reception that "Graham from the petrol station sent us." She says, blankly, "ok." And we have to pay $19 EACH to stay for the night.

We are a little bitter for having to pay more than we expected, but the camp site is really beautiful with its own private beach and full kitchen facilities. We watch the sunset whilst drinking one of our bottles of wine from Napier and sleep comfortably (thanks to Natalie and Damien) after staring up at the brilliant stars overhead.
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