A day in the Naki

Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
Trip End Jan 30, 2011

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What do you do in Taranaki (Naki) for a day? Well theres  plenty.

First up was to dock into town ,Waitara, and get some coffee so we could plug in the lap top. With this done and having spotted our first mystery car of the day,we headed off to a Museum of collectables.

This guy Colin Johnstone is a life time collector. First up was a fire station in his back yard!!This housed the fire engine of course and old motor bike as well as an MGB  and an old vintage tourer!!As well as this was a no plate of every issue since 1923. There was heaps of these including a personalised plate ONHEAT which used to be on the old firs truck, until he put the originoal black and silver plate on. There was  every kind of  motoring memrobillia eg petrol pump (Europa),Petrol  tins, Oil Jars Badges and hood ornaments  imaginable!!A lot of fire clothing and apparatus of that error.

That was only half of it. Above the garage was a collection of old Gramaphones, about 50 of them, including 100s of appropriate cylinders to match. He even played us some old scratchy tunes!!A lot of memorebillia to do with old music and movies.

That was the first part of it! There was  a large room of Dye cast,toys of a good age, including Kombis and corvettes!! There were 1000s of items ranging from toy soliders, trains, matchbox, corgi etc, etc.

Then finally out to see  another mystery car. I think it has mopar origins but will be a challenge for most of you. I will publish the results in my next blog!

And then, and then..... LOL!!!

Back to camp where blats were consumed in time for a strol down the local river to the beach where we spotted local fishermen and a family camping on maoir land on the other side of the river.The lagoon and ocean (Tasman sea ) were both warm.We sunbathed on the stonet beach for a bit. I noticed a large amount of fallen trees and drift wood on the beach.Surley worth recycling I thought as some tinbere may be still good!!

The sun had been shining hotly all day and continued on through out! A Hellecopter was doing some exercises around the beach and camp and flew over frequently,amusing all the happy campers!!

After dinner we headed off to New Plymouth to see a free concert staring Anika Maoa . This was set in an amazingly landscaped ampitheatre. Like near vertical sides with native bush cladding .Upon which was a path with a good viewing area that we found as the flat base was hugely over crowded!! So perched upon sides of a cliff we enjoyed her performance. Songs such as Youthful etc were played and she was a great entertainer. Plus the guitarist was a Eric Clapton clone!! Neil something as I recall..!!The bush ampitherte and all the peeps and music made for a unique experience which was enjoyed  by all im sure!! There was only 2 house rules from her. 1 was to throw money onto the stage for the musicians,as she is rich, 2.to clap loudly as she has ego issues!! The ambience was great in the gardens as hey also had the festival of the lights on so lots of coloured lights in the bush-was magical
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