I was nominated to be the first driver out of Aukland to our first destination, hot water beach. I pretty much set the tone as the best RV driver of the trip with that first leg (we made unreal time and only 50% of us were nauseated after all the mountains we had to wind through). When we got to our destination, it was surreal - hundreds of people with shovels and swim suits hanging out in dug-out "hot tubs" warmed by the geothermal springs beneath the sands and filled with the receding high tide. We were clearly the smartest people there (or only american a******s) who brought a couple bottles of vino and casually overtook another groups hot tub which was in prime real estate. We met a cool couple from hong kong with which we had an epic night in hamilton (more on that later).