Trip Start Sep 27, 2006
Trip End Apr 27, 2007

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Im now in Raglan, the place is annother lovely spot, the weathers fine and theres some nice 3-4ft waves! Going for a surf later, the get out and in is dodgy though! very rocky, but I wil suss it out. Don't no how long im gonna hang around here, maybe a few more days if I don't find any work as my moneys going very fast! I can allways come back later in the year, and the most important thing for me is to see all of NZ rather than just a bit of it. So it looks like I may end up doing a quick tour then working somewhere later. Woundn't like to hang around here with no work and no waves!
The next day I got to try out my surfboard for the first time, I jumped off the rocks where I saw this other guy do it and padlled across straight to the line up, easy enough!
It was a nice 3ft cleanish day on Manu bay, which is the furthest point away from the lodge but also the the one working best at that tide. There are actually three point breaks that make up Raglan and on a big day they can all join up to form one massive ride!
Indicators is first point which goes into a bit of a beach break then joins on to Whale bay and around the corner you have Manu bay. I would love to see this place when its working well, I bet its amazing!
Anyway after a few waves I was getting the hang of the place and my new board which goes really well! I was a bit worried as its slightly smaller than what im used to, but it goes great, I love it!
Its so easy to pick up a wave here and the paddle out is nothing, just paddle over the shoulder and take your place in the line up. I got loads of waves and was getting tired so I decided to try and get back in. Very tricky the boulders move all over the place and you can't see where your standing you could easily twist an ankle or ding or board, as it happened I just got a few small cuts and grazes to my feet and made it out other wise unscathed.
Later than night it was some girls birthday and we all chiped in for home made piza at $5 each, it was the tastiest piza I ever had and very filling, we got drunk that night to and did the flying fox ride in the dark which was a good laugh.
This lodge is really nice I could so easily get sucked in to spending six months here or something! Its located up a dirt track with no other houses around and just native forest as far as the eye can see ecept for the other direction where you have the sea, lovely!
The last day in Raglan the surf had gone flat (which it very rarely does here)So it was into town for some supplys for the onward journey and a last look around.
While we were there a woman came up and told us there were Orka whales in the bay, 'killer whales in the bay' I said, 'thank god the surfs gone flat!' We all went to take a look but they were pretty far off, but you could still tell were huge creatures!
So that was pretty cool, we coundnt hang round long as we had to get the bus down to Waitomo caves and on to Rotorua that afternoon, so off we went to the next destination. :)
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