PUKENUI, NORTHLAND, NEW ZEALAND
19.11.2012 - 20.12.2012
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Arrived in the lovely town of Pukenui Monday evening. Not sure if it's even a town. It consists of a 4square, bottleshop and takeaway. And 2 lodges. One of which I called my home for 5 weeks or so. Loads of Germans of course, with an Italian and an Aussie thrown into the mix.
We were supposed to start picking avocados Tuesday morning but it absolutely poured. Ahhh - Northland. Wednesday morning it was also raining but it had cleared up enough by 10 that we were able to get out avocado picking careers underway. The work turned out to be pretty easy. Really nothing to complain about other than boredom. I ended up picking with the Ozzie guy - Red - which was great because we got along amazingly and were able to fill our days with talking about everything and anything and making up games to pass the time. The work itself was really nothing spectacular overall. Just a way to make money. But I was fortunate enough to meet and work with some awesome people. The time spent away from work was spent hanging out with these new friends and exploring the Northland area. I got to discover some amazing beaches, visit giant sand dunes, go fishing, and make another trip up to Cape Reinga.
The job that was promised to last 3-4 weeks ended up lasting 5. And as the weeks went on I got more and more homesick for Paihia. I still have the urge to explore more of the Far North, but for now I am thrilled to be heading home. And just in time for Christmas!