it was a drizzly day, which made for a good driving day. so we drove, drove, drove all day. we stopped for dinner in a town where we didn't feel a warm welcome. we walked in a restaurant and i'm pretty sure we were rejected. we stood there for awhile before we were even acknowledged. finally the hostess came up and said, 'um i'm sorry we're full.' hm - no option to wait apparently? we asked if she could suggest anywhere else in town. 'no.' so we made like a banana and split. as we were driving out we saw a flashing takeaway sign and stopped. for dinner we had burgers with beets and potato wedges. that's right, they put beets on their burgers. the lady at the takeaway restaurant was very kind. she even gave us free tomato sauce. i bet the rejecto restaurant wouldn't have given us free tomato suace. which brings me to another important point. there's no ketchup in new zealand.
how's one to eat a veggie burger with no ketchup?? with a beet i suppose. and some tomato sauce. but i'll admit it, i missed ketchup in nz.
we arrived at our first hostel, backpacker as they call it. tairua beach villa backpakers. each couple booked a double room, which was a whopping $58 kiwi a night, or $32 us dolla bills. it was quite nice. we basically just slept there and were off to our next destination...
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