Trip Start Jun 11, 2007
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We had a lovely chat with John and he said something that, had communication been better, might have made a difference to Roberts decision to leave. But we didn't want to change our minds now. It was hard to say good bye. We really enjoyed their company socially and had had some lovely evenings with them. I especially found it hard to say bye to the girls and Dawn, she's a great one and I shall miss the conversations we had over coffee or lunch.
Anyway it was time to move on to the next stage of our adventures.
We called in at our favourite café in Awanui to formulate a plan. We rang Meryl at the farm where we should start work in exchange for meals & accommodation in just over a weeks time, we explained that we were available to start sooner if she wanted us to. She did and we agreed to be there on Friday 14th December. That sorted we got on with some sightseeing. We rung Phil at HQ Diving in Paihia about diving the Rainbow Warrior and The Canterbury, he had a two day (4 dive) package for $280 each (tanks & weight hire inc.) we booked it for Tuesday and Wednesday, dependant on the weather.
We drove down State Highway (SH) 1 and went to the Kiwi & Gloworm Nocturnal park near Fairburn. It was a bit disappointing as the Kiwi was on holiday! And we weren't really bothered about the gloworms. We watched an interesting documentary video about the Kiwi's then left. Further down SH1 you drive through the Mangamuka Gorge which; aside from being a long, steep, windy road, is stunningly attractive and reminded us of some of the roads we drove through in central America. It has been raining since we left Henderson Bay.
I wanted to go to Kaleidoscope World, we didn't have time when we were over this area yesterday so we headed up SH10 and turned right onto the road north of Kerikeri. It was just down here on the right. It's free to get in and was amazing. I've always had a fascination for the things and (if you remember) I bought one in a market in Eugene (USA). The couple started to make them as a hobby but now they're addicted and have loads and have found some ingenious ways to create the patterns in them. I was grinning like a Cheshire cat and trying to take photo's of the patterns (with some success, I might add ).
On the recommendation of the woman from the Kaleidoscope place we called at Rainbow Falls. They were spectacular in that the high volume of rainfall in this area over the last few days had turned them into a raging, thundering, powerful, "brown", mass of water. As it was still raining Robert volunteered to stay with the car whilst I went and got a photo of it.
We went to the Top 10 campsite where we stayed at Kerikeri the last time. As it was still raining we elected to sleep in the car again. We made dinner in the kitchen and got chatting to a few folk. A guy from California wanted to know about backpacking and how it differed from the way in which he was travelling. Then we chatted to a guy from UK who'd been teaching English in Korea and loved it. We then watched a couple movies on the site TV, The Guardian and Beerfest. Beerfest was really funny, especially as there some Germans watching it too and they were laughing!