Road Trip – Day 3 – Wellington to Hamilton

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Hello again humans… this is the third leg of my randomly pointless but yet great waste of fuel and time trip around the North Island of New Zealand..

YAY

 

I left Wellington nice and early, and ended up here as my first stop…

First stop: LEVIN (as in, “That’s it, I’ve had enough, I’m LEAVIN” ) lol

 

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Not a lot going on here… 

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… and some road…. yeah…

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Next Stop: FOXTON

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There is a plaque about the main street, and then, there is also the main street..

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Some old stone steps, which were slightly more challenging to climb then I thought…..

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Another Water Tower… retired…

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And.. an actual working Windmill.. of which was built in 2003 and is currently used to mill wheat 🙂

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Just before the next stop, is New Zealand’s OHAKEA Royal Air Force Base (see picture below). If I’m not mistaken, our Air Force consists of about’… nothing. Fairly much.

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Next Stop: BULLS

Indeed, this is where milk comes from.. yes, milk comes from bulls.. not cows..*grin* …

Follow this link to Wikipedia about Bulls 🙂

 Follow this link for proof that Milk really does come from BULLS… Oh my goodness….

Noteworthy note: I even found a random book from the late 1800’s (1895 or something) so I bought it cause I know someone over seas who might like it 🙂 YAY

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Bulls is where I stopped to have Lunch, buy a book from 1887 or something, and then leave.

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There is even a Dutch shop in Bulls…I bought me some horrible sweets that tasted like salt.

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Next Stop: WANGANUI

Not overly intersting.. but: Follow this link for their very own place in the internet

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I saw this old building, carefully restored, looking rather posh, so I had to stop and take a picture.

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Oh look, another water tower… or is it bell tower….after a while, they all look the same…

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A very nice looking Art Gallery building..

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Another monumint dedicated to something, in the middle of the main stree
t…

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A weird Bell Sculpture thing…

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and finally… me getting the hell outa Wanganui…

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Next Stop: PATEA

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Not a lot going on in Patea, but I did take a bunch of photos of an old closed down Meat Works, which I’m told by a local, closed in 1983.

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Next Stop: HAWERA

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Yes, you guessed it, another Water Tower….

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Next Stop: MANIA

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Where apparently, they make bread… who would have guessed ??

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At least their Post Office was nicely restored and painted….

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another monument thing….

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This building I thought was very kool indeed, it reads right at the very top, Established 1875.

That is an OLD building.

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and the origional Post office, from 1883 to 1993, 100 Years old, then retired.

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Next Stop: OPUNAKE & Areas

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A rather big hill with snow….

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I drove into the National Park, but there wasn’t much to see other then trees.

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And an old barn, that is falling appart, if you look at the left/bottom there’s an old car parked in the old barn… I assume, the car is also falling appart….

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Next Stop: OAKURA

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Fairly much, just some beach… a place for dead people to hang out and chill, and some animals…

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Next Stop: NEW PLYMOUTH

This is where I stopped and had dinner, Fish and Chips… and watched the sun set in the west, as New Plymouth is fairly much the west most point.

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There is a smoke-stack tower thing..

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the same smock-stack hiding behind a rock…

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and.. the sun setting in the west (as it does here in New Zealand)…

Three Sunsets for NerdJanet 🙂

 

Going…..

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Going………..

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Gone.

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That is it really …. after the sun went down, I did the long drive from New Plymouth up to Hamilton, where I stayed the night with friends, from Hamilton i will venture back to Auckland, about 1.5 hours drive , on the 31-10-09. 

Here’s a few pictures of me driving at night heading to Hamilton.

 

Boy.. it’s dark……

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Good thing the GPS knows where it’s going (most of the time)….

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Yep… it’s still dark….

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Oh, look how slow I’m going.. hehehe.. anyways….

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That’s it for Day 3.

 

Stay safe.

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