We went to the Waitomo Caves. Mauro joined us, which was great! We had lunch with the four of us and then went onto the Glowworm Cave, followed by the Aranui Cave. It was very pretty, especially the Glowworm Cave with the pretty lights, created by nature.
My mom and I went to Orakei Korako, a geothermal wonderland. We had a lovely time walking around. We picked up Bas at GNS and I said goodbye to Mauro and Lucek. They are great and I will miss them so much! My mom took Bas and I out for lovely dinner and we had a great time, my last night in Taupo (for a while at least). Then, in the evening, Bas & I watched the last Game of Thrones episode and I cried because I did not want to leave.
With pain in my heart, Bas and I said goodbye. Now we won’t see each other for 40 days (and yes, we’re counting). After spending 24/7 together for over two months, it takes a lot of getting used to not see him. My mom and I drove to Phyl, Paul’s mother, in Whanganui. As she is a lovely woman, I really enjoyed being able to see her again. She cooked us a lovely meal and we had a great evening.
Day 164 – 165
We walked around Whanganui and then went on our way to Wellington. We stayed at a lovely hotel in the middle of town, sadly with awful internet. We enjoyed the shopping in Wellington. It was quite a relief to finally find some pretty clothes. Europeans love their shopping and their fashion, in contrast to New Zealand where no one really bothers. Okay, if you go to restaurants, you are expected to wear shoes. (This has to be mentioned, as its a daily occurence of seeing people barefeet). Wellington is different from the rest of New Zealand in that aspect, there are people seen in high heels or even fancy dresses. My mom finally met Paul, Bridgette, Anna and Pepsi. We spent the last few days slowly saying goodbye. They are the most lovely people and I am so greatful to have such a great family living here. Family made my stay in New Zealand more lovely and more difficult to leave.
After a great lunch with Paul, Bridgette and Anna; and a sad goodbye, we left for the ferry to Picton. We are now located in the North of the South Island and will begin our trip exploring here tomorrow. First we’ll be off to Nelson. Love from here to the lovely people reading my blog.