So now I live in my own tiny camper van. Everything is there: a stove and all plates, pans etc. Sofas, table, a bed with bedding, a sink with ‘running water’, even a small wardrobe! I had already done a lot of shopping with my hosts (way too much for 2 weeks), so that I would be completely self-sufficient.
Totally happy I left the rental company. Even though it was raining, I drove towards the unknown with a big smile. I wanted to drive somewhere to a beautiful bay in the east of the country, but all those Maori names look so similar, and I don’t have a sense of direction either, so that eventually I arrived at a peninsula somewhere in the north … But that doesn’t matter, because it is beautiful here too !!!
The campsite was unfortunately closed, but on the way there I passed a parking lot with toilets, where you can camp for free. So I drove back 10 kilometers on a dirt road, parked and was ready for it … Then I found out that the toilets were locked with a large padlock … and of course no one in the area … that was an interesting introduction to nature!!!
To celebrate my first evening, I had bought delicious Italian food and wanted to open a bottle of wine that I had received (very friendly) when renting the camper. Mmmmm, some red wine with the pasta sauce wouldn’t be wrong either! There was even a corkscrew in the van. Really, everything had been thought of. Unfortunately the corkscrew broke off when I had screwed it into the cork. There was no possibility to get it from the cork, or the cork from the bottle… .. Too bad, just a nice cup of tea then? My good mood could not be broken!
I turned on the gas, put the kettle (yes, also present!) on the hob and waited for the water to boil. Then something strange happened: the kettle was spitting out FOAM !!! Apparently the previous occupant had diligently washed it with detergent. I decided not to drink tea anyway. Cooking also became a bit difficult, because the cap of the olive oil bottle would not open. It was an iron screw cap and I ended up opening it with a primitive can opener. Only now it does not close. That will be something, two weeks with an open bottle that will not fit in any cupboard….
In the end I had a delicious dinner and enjoyed my first night in the large double bed. Just a pity it was so cold. Fortunately I had two sleeping bags and together I wasn’t too cold.
New Zealand is the only tropical country in the world where you don’t have to shake out your shoes in the morning. There are no scorpions, snakes or other dangerous reptiles or insects. Predators also never made the crossing. You would almost think it’s boring to walk through the jungle here …
I seriously think that this is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. And that means a lot, because I have only been to the North Island, while people say that the South Island is even more beautiful. Moreover, it is now winter here with a lot of rain and it’s cold, and I am still very impressed by the beautiful nature. The people are also very friendly. Everyone is doing their best to help others. There is hardly any crime. There is news throughout the area if a pickpocket has been spotted anywhere. If you leave money behind or forget your shopping, people will bring it back to you.
There are hardly any cars on the road, but when I get to a remote village, people complain about the traffic !!!!! Wonderful how time stood still here!
Every day I drive a bit from one beautiful bay to another picturesque beach. If it doesn’t rain, I try to take long walks in the beautiful forests.