Oneriri & Diving Poor Knights 2nd - 11th Jan 2008

Trip Start Jun 11, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Now that the holidays were over we fell into a more regular routine. I spent most time either helping Robert painting the shearers quarters and house or finishing the Spring-cleaning at the farm house. Robert did mostly the painting.

We had our lunch and dinners with the family at the farm house and nearly every night we told ourselves we wouldn't stay late and get back for an early night, but we always get comfy and chatting and ended up leaving later that planned. It was all good.

We had another couple days off where we went diving at the Poor Knights. We got up at 5am to drive up to the dive shop for 8am, we did this trip with Dive Tutukaka, and saw the most amazing sun-rise. They were very professional and organised. The only thing we didn't like about them was that there were a lot of people on the boat. It makes it more difficult to not get flustered or cramped when getting your gear on (not good on a hot day) and we don't like to dive in large groups. We elected to dive alone, so we just got some additional instructions from the skipper and off we went. There was quite a lot to see, however both us felt that neither of the dives we did that day were the best we've done (Although we did actually get lost on the 2nd dive). It was a nice day though.

At the end of the dive we drove back to Hangar to stay at the Top 10 (this was the first one we ever stayed at). We made a lovely meal and laid the table to eat in the covered dining area. Thankfully we had finished eating, when a woman came through who obviously had bowl problems (we had to see this so the least you can do is imagine the horror!) she left a trail of poo behind her on the floor which went from one side of the dining are where she'd entered, into the kitchen and out the other side as she'd tried to get to the loo. The worst thing was that she didn't say anything to anyone about the mess on the floor!!! I left Robert to prevent anyone inadvertently walking in it, whilst I went to fetch a the manager. We left him hosing the floors down... Dirty cow!

The following morning we got up and decided to have a drive down the coast instead of just going straight down SH1. I found a loop that went from Hangar to the coast, down the coast then back in to SH1. It looked on the map like some of the road was unsealed and that there was a bridge to cross over an inlet at Pataua North.
When we got to Pataua North we found the bridge (it was foot bridge!) so we had a little look at the views and turned around and had to go back the way we'd come to Hangar and own SH1. It was a pretty drive though!
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