We’ve moved on to Napier now. Many thanks to Ros and Tony for looking after us so well. Ros sent us off with some of her wonderful banana and chocolate muffins, happy days! Napier is a cool place, certainly our favourite town in New Zealand so far. It was totally destroyed in an earthquake in the 1930s and was then rebuilt in art deco. It has a great vibe too. Last night we slept parked up on a main road and still managed to get a decent night in, we’re very much adapting to the ‘roughing it’ lifestyle. It’s weird, every time we move on to another place we get a real buzz and start singing the theme tune to the littlest hobo. We sing it very badly and don’t know most of the words. I used to pretend I didn’t like that programme when I was younger and then watched it when my Dad wasn’t about.
We’re looking forward to tonight, the first time we’ve allowed ourselves to go out and get tanked. Hoping to wake up at some point on new years day…..
Since John wrote the last post we’ve been across the Tongoriro volcano range. It was used as Mordor in Lord of the rings, if you go onto my flickr site there are a few pictures. John’s are better but he’s not loaded them up yet so you will have to wait. Tongoriro was a good old climb to the top, that bit of the crossing is called the devil’s staircase. We really enjoyed skidding down the other side in all the scree though. It was amazing to stand in the crater of an active volcano although there were a hell of a lot of other people there which took the gloss off it a little.
Anyway, we’ll wish you all a happy new year again and catch up with you in 2006!
Siv and Johnhob xxx