We left Westport behind and headed for the Poo pub or its real name lake Mahinapua. On the way to the infamous Poo pub we stopped off at Tauranga bay where we did a coastal walk which took about 40 minutes, this is where the theme for the fancy dress party was revealed...............BAD TASTE. It was the same theme that Katie had gotten the previous year so we already had some ideas in mind, the only problem was that there is no limits to our bad taste. Bad taste for example would be dressing up as .....the klu Klux klan or the twin towers or Hitler. Well that's how we perceived it anyway, we had loads of ideas but when i went round asking what other people had in mind they had totally perceived it wrong, some were dressing up as toothpaste for bad breath/taste and Amy Winehouse. I had images of everyone dressed in pink fairy outfits or celebrities and then me Hayley and Lou walking in with our klu Klux klan hats and the music stops and everyone just looks at us in disgust. Haha so we thought we would tone it down, we spent all day going from one idea to the other.
Anyway back to the walk, we had walked on ages discussing tonight's outfits but we finally had came to a seal colony which was amazing. They were really hard to spot but they were tiny and you could see them playing in all the little rock pools. At this point in the walk we were at the most westerly point in New Zealand and the closest point to Australia, you could just about smell the kangaroos and on a clear day if you looked really hard..................... you still have no chance of seeing it.
We then jumped back onto the bus and headed for the pancake rocks, which we had previously seen on Jack and Lena's holiday videos. We had lunch there and actually saw dolphins as we were walking along by the pancake rocks jumping out in the ocean.
We hadn't actually decided on what to go as for tonight but our next stop was where we had to buy our supplies............the Salvation Army store. We pulled up and there was about thirty people ran off the bus and bombarded the store eager to get the best bargain. It only took me about 2 minutes to decide what i was going to be after seeing the long beige trench coat.............it was easy........a flasher!!! Obviously! Lou and Hayley were having a field day they were picking up everything and they eventually came to a decision they were both going as.......... dirty old men!! The trench coat only knocked me back $5; bargain!!
That evening we arrived at the Poo pub which is an infamous part of the kiwi experience. It is owned by the oldest kiwi republican called Les and he is 86 years old. He owns this little pub with a hostel built onto the side. He does this fancy dress party every single night and tonight it was our turn and there was a prize for the best dressed and going off my previous record of winning prizes; i'm up there with a good chance!!! This pub is brilliant; the walls are littered with thousands of Polaroid pictures from every kiwi group to pass through dating back to the early 1990's. He has actually ran out of space so the recent one's are stored in a photo album so we immediately looked up Katie's photo and we found it but struggled to locate Katie.
We had signed up for the meal that Les provides which was a treat because we don't normally spend on meals we just cook ourselves but while he was sorting out our meal we went down to the lake. We were sharing a room with our new friends (sorry Chandra) Ayley, Pam and Megan so it was destined to be a good night.
The meal was amazing, I'm trying to think back to all the nice meals we've had and i reckon its up there with the smoked rib sandwich from the Texas restaurant in Vietnam and the thai green curry from Phi Phi however it still can't beat the Peppered crab from Jumbo's in Singapore with Louise's (uncle) Frank and (cousin) John. We had these steaks that were the size of Lou's head and they were as thick as me, it took over half the plate and then we had some venison stew, pasta bake, peppered potatoes and coleslaw with a bread bun for good measure, you can imagine how heaped our plates were. 3hours later we had finished our meal haha and it was time to play dress up!!
Everybody was getting ready and i left the room for 5 minutes only to go back to Louise and Hayley with full on beards haha Their outfits were coming together a treat, they had big baggy pants (with added stains) with a big Christmas woolly jumper, fake beard and some hat and glasses they looked immense. You know the typeof glasses, the nerdy jam jar type i can't really put it into words, me explaining it doesn't do it justice you just have to see the pictures................what a pair!!!!
I managed to slick back my hair and accumulate a bra from somewhere and that was the majority of my outfit really. Lou drew a great handle bar moustache on me and i had my big trench coat to cover me up but the real excellence came as i went to the kitchen for some food. Lo and behold what do we have here?.....................hmmmm.........a pork sausage!! You guessed it. It added the finishing touches to my outfit and i just hung it out my zip in my trousers haha i think i was on to a winner.
We all rocked up outside this pub but not before Louise made me dig some mud and smear it on her underpants which she wore over the top of her pants for that soiled look haha There was about 30 people in this little cosy bar all dressed up and as soon as we entered the room everybody wanted pictures with us, i suppose this is what it feels like to be a celebrity so i just opened my mac and flashed them my sausage. Let the party begin. There was a prize for best dressed at the end of the night and to be fair us three were in easy contention, I had made friends with this little Japanese girl called Choi and her English wasn't the best so she didn't have a clue that this party was going ahead, when we were all buying our clothes for fancy dress they were oblivious and did some food shopping instead but they did well because she realised about an hour before the party that something was going down and managed to improvise,but every time I flashed her she somehow knew the English for "don't touch me, don't touch me"haha
Half way through the night Louise started to get ill with a cold and she was back and forth from the toilet blowing her nose until she started to store all her tissue in her massive 'Y' front underpants, It was brilliant to see her using her initiative; using the opening in the crotch pouch to pull out a roll of toilet paper it was like a magic trick. Haha To make the night even more memorable it was Ayleys birthday and our bus driver Bods, who was dressed as the Klu Klux Klan had bought her some tequila shots and we ended the night with some juke box classics. We had our group photo but the winner wasn't going to be announced until the morning but we gave it our best shot and to be honest if one of us didn't win then there's definitely something fishy going on. All in all we had a great night and much better than anticipated. Next stop is a hung-over bus ride to Franz Joseph.
Love Adam , Louise and Hayley xxx