Today we left to go from the east-coast to the west-coast across the widest part of the Northern Island. Because this is quite a distance, we stopped over at W(h)anganui. It was a hot day and after the visit to the Durie Hill elevator we decided to treat ourselves today and make double fudge chocolate brownies. While binge watching Sherlock and having fun with the other dorm mates, we stuffed ourselves with a plate full of calories and sugars. Loved it!
We continued our journey to Taranaki, New Plymouth. When we arrived we had to wait for a while to check in, so we started a 1000 piece puzzle. We got really into it and decided to finish it before dinner. People started to help and after dinner we chatted and played Kabu till 1 o’clock. It was a lot of fun!
We wanted to go hiking today, however the weather f*cked up the plan. Nevertheless, we made the most of it chatting, playing guitar and making a great Masterchef like dinner! While buying groceries, we even experienced Christmas madness at the Pak ’n Save. First we had an encounter with dressed-up angels who handed out huge strawberries with melted chocolate. When we went on there were all different kinds of meat and sweets. We were stuffed before we even cooked dinner.
Since the weather was better today, we climbed Mt. Taranaki together with Jakob and Johannes. It was a 4 hour walk and we even tried to go to the top. It was because of the clouds that we decided to go back halfway. We fought our way through a fairylike jungle and when we came back we were knocked out. We took some rest and ended the day with playing Kabu.
After saying goodbye to Jakob and Johannes we made our way back to Wanganui. In the same hostel as the last time, we watched Pinocchio (Miriam hadn’t seen it yet😱) and had a lot of fun with Jonas (the German boy we’d met earlier).
This morning we had to leave the comfort of the hostel again to go to Wellington, where we’ll spend our last days on the Northern Island. On the way, we came across a mill with a Dutch shop and cafe. We ran into the place and Oh’d and Ah’d our way out again (imported stuff is expensive…). After resisting the temptation of chocolate sprinkles and Sinterklaas sweets, we went to the campsite in Elsdon. After making our tent waterproof (putting ducttape on the weak spots), we installed ourselves and watched ‘The Rise of the Guardians’ in the kitchen.
It was supposed to be bad weather today, but this morning our tent had turned into a sauna. Luckily we were still able to continue our plan, because the moment we arrived at the Te Papa Museum it began to rain. So we enjoyed our afternoon learning about the ever changing world and the impact of World War I on New Zealand. It was kind of bizarre to read, see and experience so much about/of earthquakes. Especially after recent activities in Christchurch. Furthermore there were enormous (2.4 times the size of a human) lifelike sculptures of soldiers (made by the same artists that made props for LOTR). Very impressive to see and we were there till closing time.
Love Miriam & Mirte