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Raglan is an area famous for surfing in New Zealand and it was one of the stops on the bus route that we weren't too fussed about. If we hadn't had to go there due to the bus route we wouldn't have as we had done surfing elsewhere on our trip. So the plan was just to chill out when we got there.

The morning started with the mystery of the missing salami! I'm not gonna lie we were really disappointed that someone had taken our food, as that fridge was only being used by people on our bus. Its is the first time that has happened on our trip so lesson learned, label everything!!

As we drove Kea told us about the Lemon & Paeroa drink which is unique to this area. The Paeora spring has natural carbonated mineral water and someone has the bright idea of adding lemon juice to make a bottled drink. We stopped off in the town of Paeora for a coffee break and of course had to take some photos with the bottles! Some of the group tried L&P and said it tasted like old fashioned lemonade.


After dropping some people off in Hamilton, NZs fourth largest city, we made it to Raglan about lunchtime. The town looked nice and we thought we might have an opportunity to explore it that afternoon but had not realised that the lodge we were staying at was out of town and we would have to hire scooters if we wanted to come back in.

The location was idyllic though, up on the hills outside the city with views over the forest.


Love this mural.


Whilst some of the group went to get their surf on we decided to walk to Manu Bay


It was sooo windy but we managed to find a sheltered spot where we could watch some of the local surfers tackling the waves. It took a lot of effort for them to paddle back out to the break each time and so we wondered how our group was getting on with their surf lessons at the beach closer to town.


Being buffeted by the winds we made our way back up the hill which was a lot harder going against the wind! Once we got back we caught up with the girls who had gone surfing only to find that there had been an accident before they even got in the water! The wind had swept up the surfboards off the beach hurtling them into the group! If you've ever tried to learn to surf you ll know how big the learner boards are, if not then just imagine doors flying at you! This could have been a comical scene but one of the girls got knocked out and had to be taken to hospital and several of the other had nasty bruises too!

Fortunately Nicola was let out of hospital later that night and we were all relieved to see her back on the bus in the morning.


Posted by doyledan 00:16 Archived in New Zealand

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