New Zealand #19 Last days in NZ

January 13, 2017

(Português no fim)
Our days in New Zealand were almost over... One more week until we needed to return the motorhome and fly to warmer lands!
We headed north, to Bay of Islands, everyone said it was beautiful. We took the boat to Russel where we intended to stay a couple of days, but we just stayed for one night. It was raining and cold and since it's a beach place there was nothing to see and do there. We were a little bit frustrated! On the way down we stopped for the night in Ruakaka Beach, it was scary! For the first time in New Zealand we didn’t feel safe, there were a bunch of teenagers that started screaming and fighting in the middle of the night, they were kicking the bathroom door (close to where we were parked) until it was broken on the floor! This was in the middle of the night and Pedro and I didn't close our eyes, we were ready just in case we had to leave…But luckily someone called the police and everything was OK for the rest of the night. In the morning we drove to Waipu Cove and spent there the rest of the time.
What an incredible place, the campsite was right at an incredible beach and they had bodyboards that you could borrow. Pedro and Francisco were so happy spending the days bodyboarding. Our spot was just in front of the playground, needless to say we barley saw the kids! Close to us there was a German family with 2 kids about the same age, they played all the time together even if they didn't understand each other, it was really funny to watch them "talk", or trying to. It didn't seam to bother them!
We went to explore a little bit the area, we loved the Waipu Caves! A huge extension, several km, under the rocks full of glow worms! We only did the beginning, the floor was too muddy and there was some climbing and water crossing that was too difficult with the small kids. Basically everyone there was wearing lots of cave exploring gear and we were on fliflops. We all loved it, specially Francisco, he wanted to keep going! It's definitely a must! 
We went to the village and spend some time in the op shops (opportunity shops), it's a pitty that places like this don't exist in Spain/Portugal, there are really interesting things and good bargains (I bought some patterns for 0,25 €!!! If it wasn't for baggage constraints I would have bought more stuff)
It was time to go to Auckland, pack, clean and return the motorhome... We will definitely miss being on the road with our little house!
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Os nossos dias na NZ estavam  chegar ao fim. Mais uma semana e tínhamos que devolver a caravana e voar para sítios mais quentes.
O ponto mais a norte a que chegamos foi Bay of Islands, conhecido por ser um dos sítios mais bonitos da NZ.
Guiamos 2 horas e apanhamos o barco para Russel onde pensávamos ficar alguns dias mas onde apenas ficamos 1 noite. Estava frio e a chover e como aqui tudo anda à volta do mar, não havia mais nada para fazer. Foi pena porque é uma zona muito bonita.
No regresso para baixo ficamos uma noite na praia de Ruakaka e foi assustador! Pela primeira vez não nos sentimos seguros na NZ. Durante a noite um grupo de vândalos começou a gritar, lutar e partiram as casas de banho do parque. Eram 2 da manhã e basicamente eu e o Pedro estávamos preparados para arrancar se fosse preciso. Mas felizmente alguém chamou a polícia e a coisa acalmou. De manhã mudamo-nos para Waipu Cove e ficamos lá o resto do tempo…o parque óptimo numa praia do melhor! Melhor ainda o parque e o Surf Live Saving Club (os salva vidas da NZ) emprestavam equipamento de bodyboard. O Pedro e o Francisco mal saíram da água.
O nosso lugar no parque era em frente ao parque infantil por isso mal víamos os putos. Perto de nós estava uma família alemã com 2 filhos. Brincaram todo o tempo e era divertido ouvi-los conversar apesar de não haver uma língua comum.
Também fomos ‘explorar’ as Waipu Caves, umas grutas de vários quilómetros, cheias de glow worms. Apenas entramos umas centenas de metros porque as lanternas eram as dos telefones, o chão era água ou lama e era preciso trepar algumas rochas e cruzar água o que não é fácil nem aconselhável quando estamos com 2 miúdos pequenos e todos de ‘xanatos’. Basicamente toda a gente lá estava bem equipada para a exploração: botas, lanternas na cabeça, etc.
Se tiverem a possibilidade, este é um sítio onde vale a pena vir equipado para passar umas horas, é lindo e imponente. Apesar do medo, o Francisco foi quem teve mais pena de não continuar.
Passeamos um bocado pela vila de Waipu, principalmente pelas op-shops (lojas de oportunidades em segunda mão que estão por toda a NZ e onde se pode dar coisas que tenhamos). É uma pena não haver sítios como este em Portugal/Espanha. Há coisas interessantes e alguns bons negócios (eu comprei moldes por 0,25€!! Se não fosse por restrições de espaço tinha comprado muito mais).

E lá chegou a hora de ir para Auckland, arrumar, limpar e devolver a nossa carroça. Vamos sempre ter saudades da liberdade que é andar com a nossa casa na estrada.

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