We left Mt MAunganui on the Intercity bus to Gisborne to visit Sarah's Auntie Katy. Gisborne is famous for being the most easterly city and the first to see the sun rise in the world, it also has a very high Maori population. We were loving the home comforts as we had our own bedrooms and proper towels and a gorgeous comfy couch!
WE started job hunting more or less as soon as we got there, and landed a job picking sweetcorn for a lady called Ruby (grrr!) Sarah was really excited about picking sweetcorn as she loves it ha ha! But the excitement soon turned to despair after one day's work. We were the only girls in the field, in the hot sun, whilst all the other women were on a tractor sheltered by a canopy. It was backbreaking work as we were bent over all day, picking the wind flattened corn, and getting told off for putting sun cream on- how rude!!!
We were relived the next day when we were sent to the packhouse to pack watermelons which was so much easier. After another day of picking sweetcorn, we were lettuce planting, which was easy but again back breaking as we were bending over all day. And no exaggeration we ached for a week afterwards and couldn't feel our legs! (yes you can call us whinging pommes!) Needless to say we didn't go back, and spent the rest of our time in Gisborne chilling!
We went out on a few day trips to forests, beaches, waterfalls, cafes and wine tasting and even got our palms read so in three weeks we saw alot of Gisborne and the surrounding area.