So here we are again!! We left work on Friday (yay!!) and are slowly getting back into the backpacker way of life.. get up when we want, take an hour for breakfast, do a little sightseeing and then have a few beers in the evening chatting to new friends - that's the life!!
We drove from Mount Maunganui on Saturday morning after breakfast with some friends. The weather was awful, and the drive was 6 hours in driving rain! But we got to Paihia at about 6.00 and checked into the hostel. It is called the mousetrap and is the coolest hostel! It's all old and has a fire, and the owner let us have a double room (usually $60 a night) for $20!!!! We've met some nice people and have been on a day trip on the ferry to Russell to see the oldest church in New Zealand, and we went to Waitangi and Haruru falls today. We have one more night here in Paihia, then we are driving up to Cape Reinga tomorrow.
We put a notice up on the board to offer a lift to anyone willing to share petrol money, so an English guy called Craig is coming with us too. We'll stay there for a couple of days, check out the far far north and then head back down to Auckland on Friday, ready for our flight to the Cook Islands... can't wait!!
We're both so glad to be back on the road, and this blog will be updated regularly again so keep checking it!!
Lots of Love Jack and Linsey xxx