Kia Ora from New Zealand!!
Just got back from BloKarting on the beach ~ think windsurfer on wheels on the sand ~ a blast!!
We are at the top of the South Island and here are a few highlights so far:
-First day driving the high-top campervan we thought the wind was quite strong and Malcolm was wrestling it to stay on the road ~ found out afterwards it was a cyclone! Lots of flooding throughout the country.
-Taking a gondola then chairlift up Mt Ngongataha then screaming down in a luge!
-Malcolm digging for half an hour at Hot Water Beach only to come up with luke-warm water (the people right next to us had really hot water and invited us in so over we slipped)
-My cousin and her husband, two nephews and their partners from Australia surprising Elinor for her 60th!! Then lunch the next day with 16 relatives, including an Uncle and cousin I hadn't seen for about 30 years.
-Long walk in the sunshine on the soft white sand of Mount Maunganui
-Malcolm says it is the land of unpronounceable names with lots of stutters!
-Fish and chips for Malcolm, hokey-pokey ice-cream for Elinor
-Getting used to our small (that is SMALL), campervan- have it down to an art now and it is quite comfy
-Narrow, windy roads - it takes a lot longer than you would think to get from place to place
-Really nice campgrounds with big kitchens, TV lounges, BBQs, internet, very clean bathrooms
-Discovering how good is toast with vegemite, avocado and tomato - don't knock it till you've
-Matai Maori Village ~ Malcolm was made chief and was "haka'ed at" . Good evening of Maori song ,dance and a hangi (lamb, chicken, kumara and potatoes cooked in the ground)
That's it for now. Hope all is well with you all.
Cheers, Malcolm and Elinor