Well still stealing the big one’s blog. Been here nearly 3 weeks now, apparently the big one is going to be dragging me back to the UK in just over a week. Not sure how I feel about if I am honest been so lovely seeing all the sights of my home country.
I finally got dragged into Tauranga City Centre and saw some of the sights there. OK first I had to put up with the big one getting another gait analysis done and then going to the Post Office, but I suppose I can just about cope with that. There was talk that she was going to feed me today as well, so I had high hopes for the day. I let her pose me in this sculpture, although it was too sunny again! I hope she buys me some sunglasses at some point! Not holding out much hope though. After the shoe shopping spree we went to the hot pools. Now these hot pools are slightly different to some other pools in that they are salt water. They are lovely and hot though, just don’t accidentally swallow any of the water, bleurgh! Was beginning to doubt the big one’s motives at this stage! The big redeemed herself however as once again she took the child and I to get a copenhagen ice cream cone. Apologies again though as I once again ate it so quickly that I didn’t get a photo of the awesomeness of these ice creams. Will try this week to do that for you all.
Not much happened on this day, the big one did drive us though to that little place called Paeroa again. We were apparently going to spend the evening with her mother. I wasn’t particular bothered with that aspect of the trip. I was relieved that the weather wasn’t sunny on this car trip as it meant that the lack of sunglasses wasn’t an issue. She fed me again me as well!!! Two days in a row she feed me, although I wasn’t too sure about what she fed me. Something called mussels? She seemed to love them, but I am honestly not sure how I feel about them. They aren’t ice cream or juicy bugs. However
like a good kiwi I gave it a try. I had to keep a close eye on a cat while we were staying there. I am sure this cat was going to eat me, she certainly tried very hard to eat the big one! If she can eat someone as big as the big one what hope did I have, so I made sure I kept my distance and kept my head down so that the cat kept her beady eyes off me.
I had high hopes for today. There was talk of going to a magical place called the Coromandel. I didn’t know much about this place apart from there is lots of bush, so I was hoping to have some good old grubs. Yum yum! First we headed to the big one’s little brother’s house in a another little town called Thames. This town is at the bottom of the Coromandel and near the water. Not so keen on water, give me the bush where the grubs are any day! However I was a bit surprised that the big one’s little brother was NOT little! He is BIG! Not sure why she describes him as her little brother, these people are a bit odd. Once we were all ready we had to drive again, this time up the coromandel coast. I will say that this drive is lovely, bush on one side and the sea on the other. A little bit windy though, zig zag zig zag. Once we got to Coromandel the plan was to go on the Driving Creek Railway. This was little train that wound it’s way up the hill, through the bush with pottery hidden in little bits of the bush as well.
The train ride was lovely with little anecdotes about building it and how it became the railway, however my tummy was grumbling once again! I had to watch all the big ones and all the big ones children eat pies! There were more children they multiplied! The big brother had 3 children!!! Three! They were little cuties though, I even let the smallest one hold me. At the top of the train ride there was apparently the Eiffel Tower, now I know the Eiffel Tower is amazing. I was also a little confused though as I was sure that the Eiffel Tower was in France, and I know for a fact I am not there. The Big One had tricked me! Who do I sue or talk to about this?
The view from up here though was pretty good, although still no food! In fact I nearly got eaten by these glass eels.
I was feeling a little traumatised at this point. However on the way down the driver mentioned that they had a bird sanctuary at the bottom that didn’t have any predators in it. Excellent no cats to worry about and hopefully food as well, might even see some more of my own cousins.
I finally got to go grub hunting, mmm delicious grubs. Saw a few of my cousins, mainly just the tui though. They liked sitting up in this big giant tree that was completely made of pottery! Pretty amazing to think it was made completely of pottery and it was a big tree. I managed to score a free meal though while they were sitting up there.
Two meals in the space of minutes, this was turning out to be a good day. Little did I know that the day was going to get better. The big one started the drive back down to Thames. This time the big brother was in the car with us. He was talking about how he had seen dolphins on the drive up. Being from the bush I have never seen dolphins. He mentioned that we might see them on the way down. He was keeping his eyes peeled, which was just as well because my eyes are pretty shit really, now if I could smell them out I would be able to do that no sweet! All of a sudden the big one said ‘oh look there they are.’ There was much braking and stopping of the car, and turning the cars around so we could stand on the beach and watch them. It is so hard to describe in words what that was like, they were jumping and swimming just off the coast. It was amazing and breathtaking. The big one was pretty excited as well. Totally free as well, just being able to stand on a beach and see dolphins just off the coast playing and jumping out of the water. It was a perfect end to a perfect day, 2 feeds, dolphins and bush.
Today the big one and the big brother dragged some of the children off to do a bike ride. I went along for the ride. The ride they were cycling was called the Hauraki Rail Trail, it is a trail that has been created on the old railway. It apparently runs from Thames to Paeroa and then onto Te Aroha or Waihi. I can’t fully comment on that as they only cycled a little bit from a place called Matatoki to Hikutaia. The trail runs through farms, we got to see a little baby calf that had just been born! It couldn’t even stand properly! Such funny looking creatures with 4 legs, not sure how they can eat grubs with that mouth either! Speaking of grubs today I didn’t get fed again, just as well I got two feeds the day before!
There was a market in Thames on Saturday morning that I got dragged to. There were some lovely ceramic mushrooms that the big one and the big brother liked, not sure why if I am honest as there was no grubs hiding under them! They did buy some food for dinner that night, something about a roast pork and vegies. No grubs though. We then went to watch something called soccer, not sure why it was called soccer though looked exactly like football to me. Have I been living in England too long that I now don’t recognise Kiwi phrases? Bit scary.
We also went to a place called Bella Street Pump house as well. This was quite interesting although for some reason everyone thought it would be funny if I tried to turn the replica wheel.
Couldn’t even touch the ground!
Apparently though today we were starting a new adventure with the dad. It was his birthday apparently and he wasn’t at work so there was plans a foot to drive down to a place called Wanganui. I wasn’t so excited about this as I had a thought this was going to involve lots of sitting in a car and NO food again! Evil big one.
The day started off driving towards a place called Rotorua, Rottenrua should be more like it though. In the words of the child, Rotorua stinks! It is volcanic so you can smell sulphur coming up straight from the ground and poisoning us all! As I have a sensitive nose as well, wasn’t too impressed by this at all. Thankfully we weren’t tortured more by getting out of the car, even though the child did want to see some Geysers, although being English he was all calling them Geezers. Silly child was making us all laugh though.
It was decided that we would stop at a place called Huka Falls for a break, this again didn’t sound like a place I could get food, sounded like a place that was full of water again! It was very pretty and the dad did manage to do an epic photobomb of some other tourists photo opportunity. It was also very noisy. So much water rushing away down over the falls.
You wouldn’t want to fall in though, can’t fly and I certainly can’t swim, although even if you can swim I don’t think it would help you much in there! Still no sign of food for me though. Huka falls is just out of a town called Taupo, we could see a big giant lake but no mountains. It was raining! We had to drive all the way round this lake, I could hear the conversation about lunch so was getting excited. The decision was made to stop at the next rest area beside the lake and eat. I was so excited at this point, but then we were’t beside the lake anymore. I am sure this was another one of the big ones cunning ploys to starve me.
They ended up driving to a place called Tokaanu. There was some hot pools there, however we weren’t going to the pools, there was a walk around the outside of the pools. It was called the Tokaanu Thermal Walk. This was a lovely little walk in the bush, so I was all excited again as I know in the bush there are bugs! Whoohooo. During this walk you can see thermal hot pools and plopping mud.
Apparently the big ones like to swim and soak in these hot waters, there are also rumours that they are also used for cooking! Food again!
I was a little bit short to see the actual plopping mud but I could hear the mud. It really just makes a plopping sound. Still want food though. I managed to find some funguys who wanted to have a party though.
However I had to leave the party as I found a likely looking spot for food!
Finally got food, and hahaha for once I got food before the big one did! It was also surprising though that despite the hot water and hot plopping mud everywhere I was expecting the ground to also feel warm. It didn’t though! The child was still occasionally complaining about the smell, I was too busy sniffing out my food to care about the smell.
The big one and the dad didn’t get to eat until they got a place called Waioru. The drive had some excitement as the dad managed to get a speeding ticket before we got there. On his birthday too! They were sat in the car as it was cold outside and wet! The child had managed to get his food while they were driving down to this place, so he got out of the car and was playing with all the tanks outside the Museum. The big one was telling stories once again about how everyone of them when they were kids had had photos taken on these tanks so I was scared she was going to make me go out in the rain and have my photo taken too! I needed a place to hid and fast before she did this to me.
I managed to avoid getting wet but she didn’t as she took photos of the child. mwhahahaha.
The last bit of the drive needed to still be completed over the Paraparas. This was quite a pretty drive with the river beside us, as I had a full tummy though I was dozing in the back and missed the falls.
We arrived in Wanganui and found a hotel. I was tired and wanted to sleep.
Blimey this is a lot I need to write more often. My beak is getting sore now so I will have to complete the rest of this adventure tomorrow.