Rusty Effel- our new home!!
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We flew reasonably effortlessly from Sydney airport to Auckland. Stayed in a cheap hostel run by a nice Indian man. “Borders Beyond” right near the city centre. We had a few drinks in the local bars and played a round of Pokies. They’re everywhere! Luckily neither of us are big on gambling. We looked into hiring another budget car and a tent but were captured by the advertising of the campervan crowd up the road! That’s where we found “Rusty Effel” our home for the next few weeks. I love her. She’s a rusty little Nissan Vanette with a gas hob in the back and a fold away bed in the middle. Driving her was great craic until the novelty wore off a bit. But I do enjoy saying “Well it is a bus I’m driving” when I try to park her up. Effel came with a book of maps and rest areas all over New Zealand. We’ve been pulling up by beaches and lakes and public toilets and the like
The Bay of Islands was really pretty. Islands and stacks decorated the coast. We camped up in Paihia by a trek to a waterfall. We hiked through Mangroves and forest track for 5k until we reached Hanuru Falls. Only to discover there was a car park 50metres from the top of the waterfall. The trek back wasn’t nearly as fun once we knew we could have driven there. The mangrove trees were awesome. Their roots grow upwards and stick out from the muck. We walked over the flood plain and listened to the weird noises made by crabs and other odd wildlife. The trek to the waterfall was mostly downhill so our return was far more difficult. Soup and bread was devoured from the back of Rusty Effel and we heated up some water for a classy bath in the car park. That night we met some Ozzies and locals and a highly camp young fella who took a shine to John. And sure why wouldn’t he! Hee.
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Love Lucy and John.