RAGLAN, NEW ZEALAND
28.01.2013 - 30.01.2013
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So Steve and I had the brilliant to head to Raglan for the weekend. The "weekend" that is. As in Steve's weekend. Which is usually Sunday-Monday but this week just happened to be Monday-Tuesday. He had worked Sunday night because it was a long weekend so he had Tuesday night off in lieu of it. I on the other hand, just happened to have Sunday, Monday AND Tuesday off out of sheer randomness. I had decided to make the most out of this unwanted time off and go see somewhere I hadn't been before. My thoughts were Hokianga/Opanoni. Not too far away – only about an hour and a half drive over to the west coast and supposed to be absolutely stunning.
At some point I found out Steve had Tuesday off and invited him to come along, thinking it would be more fun to go with someone and it would be nice to actually spend some real time together. He of course wanted to go somewhere that he had never been before and he especially wanted to get the hell out of Northland so we tossed around the idea of Waiheke Island or Raglan with Raglan winning due only to the cost of the car ferry/barge to Waiheke.
So Monday morning we hopped in the car. Well, I hopped, Steve was still half asleep and therefore wasn't very hoppy yet. Traffic was somewhat annoying what with the holidayers all heading back south to Auckland and there were loads of police on the roads. So the rive kind of dragged on. After we got south of Auckland we (Steve) decided we should take the scenic route. Definitely my biggest regret of the trip. Or even of all my time in New Zealand. Most annoying road ever. I hate not being able to drive fast. Although the landscapes on this route were amazingly beautiful, it was the worst drive ever. The road was sooooo windy and long. I could rarely go over 40 and thought we would never come out the other end. And there were NO opportunities for us to meet back up with the freeway and take it instead. So the scenic route ended up involving me trying to drive about two and a half times the speed limit and screeching the tires on every turn getting angrier and more frustrated with each one, and Steve holding on and constantly telling me to slow down. So we spent that whole road fighting. I NEVER thought we would see Raglan. It was supposedly a 4.5ish hours drive from Paihia on the MAIN roads but we managed to turn it in to about a 6-6.5 hours journey.
When we finally arrived we checked out the town