I'm already at the point where I am watching every penny I spend. I looked for a good place to camp for a night or two. I found this great place called just outside of town called Barnyard Backpackers. It's a deer and cow farm with a couple of horses. They offer horse treks at a low hourly rate, so I thought about digging deeper into my pocket to give it a go. Saving money while travelling from one place to the next is much more difficult then you can immagine. Often the best way to save a little cash is to put up a tent and hope for the best. Camping is usually about $10 to $15
. When camping at a backpackers you can use their facilties just as you would if you pay for a bed. It turned out to be a big mistake camping at barnyard backpackers. It couldn't have been colder, and more rain couldn't have fallen. At night time in New Zealand the temperature drops to just above freezing. That may not seem so bad in comparison to Canada, but this is summer here and I have to sleep on the wet freezing ground. I think I got maybe 6 hours total sleep in 2 nights.
After doing nothing out of the ordinary in Te Anau for a couple of days it was time to head to Dunedun. Dunedun is one of the bigger cities in New Zealand. It's a university city with loads of great shops, cafes and bars. The first couple of days there were spend just cruising around the city. with the exception of site seeing and going to the chocolate factory, I bought nothing and did nothing special. The 3rd night there was crazy thou. I went out with a bunch of new party friends that I met along the way in New Zealand, and spent about $150! It was a great night! I was off my face drunk. The only thing I didnt like about it was fact that the hostel I was staying at was haunted. Many people over the years encountered some kind of ghost while staying here. It's advertised as a haunted backpackers, so I figured why not give it a chance. This was the worst idea ever! I was put in room #8 where the ghost is usually present, and immediately regretted it
. I was scared shitless, and wasn't afraid to admit it. After the first night of not seeing, hearing or feeling any ghostly presence I began to forget about it, and went on with my scrambled daily routine. The 2nd night came around and that's when the fun began. I was packing away my backpack, when out of the blue something touched the underside of my leg. I thought maybe I rubbed up against my pack, but it was miles away. I told others but they were scepticle. It didnt really freak me out, but I definitely had more of an open mind. I went out on the piss again that night with everyone from the hostel and came back slightly off my rocker. I passed out in bed at some unknown late hour. I was having a perfect sleep until it happened... A GHOST SPOONED ME! That's right, spooned me! I was laying on my side in bed, when all of a sudden I was woken by something pressed up against my back. I froze on the spot! I lost all breath and gasped for air for a few seconds. I don't think I've ever run so fast. I was out of there like a bat out of hell. I hid in the bathroom for 25 minutes or so trying to think of an explanation for what just happened to me. After giving it some thought, I came to realize that I really wasn't hurt. I also remember hearing that this ghost is friendly, and that no one has ever been hurt from him before. I woke up in the morning and told no one. I inquired about other encounters at the front desk in the morning. The manager of the building said that there is a ledger book going around the hostel. The book has many others written experiences of their encounter with the friendly ghost. I really had no interest in being any more spooked, so I packed up and left for Dunedun.
I am now in Te Anua. Te Anua is a small town. The population can't be more then 10,000. It is a popular stop over for those who have come from Milford Sound, and don't want to attempt the 6 hour drive to Dunedun, or the 5 hour drive to Queenstown. It's a quiet place with loads of hostels and backpackers.