Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 189
Temperature : 23 degrees
Weather : Sunny mornings, cloudy afternoons
We'd like to introduce you to Harold. Our campervan, and our home for the next month. We’d been told that Harold would be between 9-10 years old, but we reckon that he’s really closer to 15. Not that this bothers us at all, we feel that he has a certain charm about him. He’s certainly one of the oldest campervan we’ve seen on the road, and he puffs and chugs away going uphill. Inside, he’s fairly comfortable. We have a small kitchen, fridge, radio, microwave (that only works when plugged into the mains) toilet and shower, and at the rear there is a sofa and table which turns into the bed at night
We had to take out extra insurance, however. Apparently, it’s not compulsory for the Kiwis to have motor insurance, and so, if an uninsured driver bashes into you, even if it is their fault, it is then up to you personally to take them to court. Without the extra insurance we would have been responsible for paying the first $5,000 dollars of any damage. By paying $500 extra, this excess was reduced to $250.
So, keys in hand we took Harold off to get some fuel. Harold drinks diesel. The price of diesel in New Zealand is $1.24, approximately 62 pence per litre. Great huh?! We then stopped at the supermarket to get some groceries…something that we are not used to doing. We felt like children in a sweet shop….there was sooo much to choose from. After stocking up, we then left Christchurch heading north. We had a beautiful drive up the coast and the weather was perfect. A couple of hours later we arrived in Kaikoura. We found somewhere to park Harold for the night. We clambered into the back and started preparing dinner. It was at this point that we discovered that the tap wouldn’t work in the sink. No water. We checked the shower. Nope, nothing. We’d put the pump on as advised. But still nothing. We fiddled with every switch, checked in every cupboard and drawer for some random devise that we’d not been told about