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North Island Notes
North Island Notes Having fallen truly in love with the raw, sprawling magnificence of the South Island, I got onto the ferry at Picton with trepidation, not sure what to expect of the North Island, except more people than in the south. I arrived on a gloomy, raining afternoon in Wellington and must say that I was overwhelmed by the city itself; by the amount of people, cars, traffic, city sounds, shops, colours and buildings. I arrived at the backpackers I was staying at for a night and crashed, determined to go exploring over the next few days to find the gems I could feel were glimmering in this notoriously colourful and cultural city.
I went to the Te Papa museum and cannot recommend it highly enough. The staff are very knowledgeable and willing to share their information with you enthusiastically. The layout is logical and the displays are distinctive, fascinating and memorable. Cuba Street is a must in Wellington. Walking up and down it can take minutes hours or days, depending on how entwined you get. The eclectic smorgasbord of clothing shops, countless coffee shops, restaurants, clubs and bars, quirky, small back-door art galleries (which are certainly worth investigating) and intriguing little side streets that could lead to another world provide endless entertainment and stimulation. The people are interesting and friendly and there is a phenomenal buzz in the air.
Moving further north, I landed in Rotorua, and it would be a shame to go there without seeing the geothermal pools. I went to Wai-o-tapu, where bubbling mud pools, multi-coloured steaming pools and geysers that shoot high into the air blew me away and are truly an amazing natural phenomenon. The distinctive sulphurous smell was a reminder of how different and special this area really is. Another of my favourite things about Rotorua and indeed of the entire country would be the Zorb. It is a massive transparent ball into which people climb and is rolled down a hill, picking up a surprising amount of speed as you watch the world fly by between tumbles and peals of laughter. It was one of the best activities I ever done. I did mine through Ogo rather than at the Agro Dome, as you get a longer stretch of grass down which to roll and thus it is far better value for money. I recommend that you do the wet option where they fill the ball with water and also that you get the photos or at least ask to see them afterwards – they are hilarious!
Another activity that I highly recommend is kayaking down the Whakapapa River in National Park. I know that most people go to National Park to do the Tongariro Crossing, but when I was there the weather was foul so we could not do the crossing - it is known to be an area with high weather volatility. Thus, if you land up in National Park, the weather turns bad and you are at a loss for what to do, ask around for the Adventure kayak company run by a woman called Sarah Cate. She will come and collect you for the day and take you on a kayaking adventure you will never forget. She is professional and laid back at the same time, a ball of energy and I guarantee you will have a well- priced day saturated with fun and laughter.
I landed up in Auckland after a few weeks of travelling the North Island, needing to find work and hoping to do a sailing course in the Bay of Islands, which I completed last week. If you are interested in sailing and/or doing any sailing courses, I cannot recommend Bay Sail NZ highly enough. It is run by Glen Caulton and from my first enquiry to the last goodbye, Glen went out of his way to accommodate me and the others doing the course. The Bay of Islands is magnificent and seeing it from a yacht is definitely one of the best ways to get the most out of the area. Glen does day charters and a host of other yacht-based activities. All information can be found on his website. He is an amazing sailor, very professional, I had complete faith in his ability, his 40ft sail yacht “She’s a Lady” is wonderful to sail and be aboard and above all, Glen is a great man who is very easy-going and easy to get along with.
After my sailing course, my bank balance was looking far worse for wear and thus I needed to get
a job. I have found one but it was not easy – I do not say this to frighten anyone, but it not always a quick process to find a job. However, if you have the right attitude and keep at it, there is little that will stand in your way if you put in the time and effort. From my limited experience, I highly recommend that you take up-to-date CV’s to the streets and go in to companies/places to work rather than relying mainly on web-based applications as you can feel the place out, meet some faces and know right away how things have gone. If you drop off a CV, follow it up after a day or two rather than waiting for them to get back to you – someone else may get the job otherwise.
In summary, I recommend that you get stuck into all that New Zealand has to offer. While the South Island certainly is a special place, so is the North Island – there is plenty to do and see that is unlike anywhere else and anything else, and it is definitely worth exploring. There are countless wonderful small privately-owned companies who provide personal, small-group, well-run activities that are worth supporting. If you do something with a company who offers you a good service, spread the word to others so that everyone can benefit. Enjoy!
Submitted by: Gabriella Garnett Date submitted: 20/04/2011 8:07:10 p.m.