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Alistair and Gail
Begins: Nov 1, 2017
Date: Fri, Apr 13th, 2018
Start: Picton YHA
End: Taradale - Chris and Bev
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 3,049.0
Entry Visits: 23
Journal Visits: 9,683
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Guestbook Entrys: 18
A good night's sleep once the French people had stopped talking outside. We are up at 6:00 then have muesli in the kitchen/sitting area. A French guy is here. He is cold and has left the hotplates on to warm the place up. He says "me not speak much English", I say "je parle francais un peu" so we converse a bit in French. We pack up and leave the hostel at 7:20.
I get cash from the BNZ cash machine while Gail goes in the 4 Square to get some lunch food. She decides she has enough food then we walk to the interislander ferry terminal. We check our bags then wait until 8:30 but still nobody at the About NZ car rental booth so we get on the ferry. A fine sunny morning and very calm water as the ship, not the one we were on in January, makes its way east from Picton. I catch up with note writing. Once out of the sound there are 3m high waves so it is not so smooth sailing. I call the car rental company to arrange pickup from the ferry terminal and the guy tells me he now has no cars.
Gail researches more and gets a quote from Omega car rentals and then books a car. We get to the Wellington terminal at about 12:30 and collect our bags and go outside. Gail calls the company and is told that they do not have that car available but they have a relocatable rental car at their airport depot we could use and this would be $ 1 a day. By now the free shuttle to the train/bus station has gone so, to save time, we decide to get a taxi to the bus station, that costs $ 12 so goodness knows what a taxi to the airport would cost. We wait half an hour for an airport bus to come although the schedule says they run every 20 minutes and we get to the airport at about 14:20. No booth for Omega here so Gail phones and an Omega shuttle van comes to get us. At the office, the guy says that relocatable rentals to Auckland should be for no longer than 3 days but we have a booking for a 6 day rental. He honours the booking. At about 15:15 we are on our way in an automatic Toyota Corolla. It is similar to the one we rented in NZ in 2005 in as much as one cannot see where the front of the car is while driving.
We follow highway 1 through Porirua and Plimmerton to just before Paekakariki. On our walk through here in January Gail noticed the Fisherman's table, a restaurant with an AYCE salad bar so she thought we should go there after we finished the TA walk. We go into the restaurant and order fish main courses and help ourselves a few times to the salad bar. Good food and thre are not many AYCE places on the TA route.
At about 16:40 we are on our way. The weather is showers as we drive highways 1 and 57 to the edge of Palmerston North. Now it is dark and there is rain and a lot of traffic with libs reflecting off the road as we go over Saddle Pass in the mist to Woodville. Not very pleasant driving. Gail calls Chris and Bev to update them on our progress. Highway 2 is a better road for the rest of the drive towards Napier. Thanks to Google maps we find our way to Chris and Bev in Taradale by about 20:30. Chris, like Mike and Douglas in Wellington, is the son of one of my mother's cousins. They welcome us and have fish, coleslaw and potatoes for us for supper and it is very tasty. We talk a bit about the family connection before we are in bed by about 22:30.
Te Araroa is a 3000-km trail stretching from Cape Reinga in the North of New Zealand to Bluff in the South. Down the coastline, through the forest, across farmland, over volcanoes and mountain passes, along river valleys, and on green pathways through seven cities. Learn more: www.teararoa.org.nz