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Welcome to the North

We were pleasantly surprised to drive aboard our ferry and head upstairs to find a little movie theater where we watched two movies for the ferry ride to Wellington (No Reservations and When In Rome). We arrived in a little over three hours and Kweelie hit the streets. It is strange to be in a big city (there is more than one lane of traffic in each direction!) complete with multi-lane highways and multi-story buildings. Since we had our breakfast so early in order to make the ferry, our stomachs were churning for something hearty. What’s the solution for times like this? Pies of course!

We had a steak & mushroom and a chicken, apricot & brie pie from Trisha’s pies (pretty sure we met Trisha) and they truly hit the spot. We drove around a bit before deciding city life wasn’t for us, hitting the road towards our campsite. We stayed in a scenic reserve that reputedly has Kiwis, and Kelly planned to do some serious Kiwi hunting for those cute little buggers. Our run through the forest yielded little success and we succumbed to our warm bed instead of heading out to hunt for Kiwis (they are nocturnal). We did get a much needed shower (hooray for hygiene!) and another delicious cous cous stir fry for dinner. We have been trying to find jiffy pop to make on the stove with no luck until we realized all we needed were kernels and a sauce pan! We made delicious popcorn on our stove and wished we had a movie to accompany it (Carolan’s will have to do).

If anyone has had RJ’s licorice, you know how tasty it is and how tempting a visit to the factory would be. Turns out the factory is in Levin, conveniently on our way up the West Coast. We left after a spinach feta omelette and a little experiment we started to try and duplicate Mammoth Yoghurt in case we can’t find it at home. See, it is filled with a mix of seeds and grains including pumpkin, pearl barley, flax, quinoa and more. The trick is, the seeds have this perfect consistency that we are struggling to recreate. After a night of soaking in both yoghurt and water to compare, we are close but no cigar. Hopefully we’ll have solved it by the time we get home or we’ll have to plan a spy mission to their factory in Auckland…

Back to our journey, we were on our way north to Levin when we ran into something wholly unexpected, a traffic jam! The south island is so uncrowded it is more common to see cows mounting each other while driving than to have traffic (it is true, we saw it happen once and had no traffic…). Anyways, we made it through and were soon thereafter in the factory store at Levin. Unfortunately they don’t do tours, but we left after eating our fair share of samples and carrying quite a bit of loot.

Our next stop was Wangaroa, a cute town at the intersection of the coast and the Whangaroa river. We haven’t passed up a fudge shop yet so we grabbed a dollar of creme brûlée fudge and enjoyed it along with a latte while reading our newest purchase, a simply amazing NZ cookbook that has our mouths watering and stomachs grumbling waiting to make delicious dishes for everyone back home. The Whangaroa river road meanders along the river itself and is known as one of the most scenic drives on the island, so we opted to take the road less traveled and stop at a campsite for the night along the way. It turned out to be a great idea with beautiful views of the river, a quiet campsite all to ourselves, and a dinner of chili and gourmet veggies dogs. We spent the night day dreaming about how we want our ideal house to be and trying to sort through where we want to find a place when we get home. The stars seem to keep getting better and you can’t beat a peaceful campsite next to a river in the middle of nowhere for a good sleep!

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