Day Twenty: KatiKati with Goina and then on to Auckland Airport

It was the final pack-up for my leg-one traveling companion, so after a very careful repacking of the many art, adorable stuffed animals, and other items into the luggage it was on the road to go meet someone we both have “known” for many years now, Goina, the woman who runs the website www.aotearoa.co.nz. She was away from home visiting her good friends in Katikati and had invited us to come meet them and see the town. What an unexpected treat! Goina’s lived in New Zealand since the 1980’s and she’s a total crack-up to hang around with. Her friends Claudia and Roy live on a peninsula that they own. They grow avocados, kiwifruit, sheep and cattle.

Claudia and Roy's view

Claudia and Roy’s view

We saw a bit of the farm, and ran into Roy in the avocado orchard. He continues to work very long days even though he is in his 80’s.

Roy and avocados  (photo by EO)

Roy and avocados
(photo by EO)

avocado bin load
We continued on to Katikati to check out the murals and art. Remember what I said in the last post about towns picking an art “theme” to encourage people to stop and check out the town? Murals = Katikati!

Mural 1

Mural 2

Mural 3

Katikati bjs at the mural

Mural 5

Mural 6

Mural 7 detail

giant eel sculpture

giant eel sculpture

Humphrey plaque

Humphrey plaque

Katikati had a seal who visited for years. They named him Humphrey

Katikati had a seal who visited for years. They named him Humphrey

Jack and Barry

Jack and Barry

Jack front view

Jack signBarry sign

Claudia and Goina

Claudia and Goina

Claudia served us a delicious lunch (with some of their avocados!!) and she and Goina entertained us with stories of both local history and family and friends. We had a lovely visit and then at 2 we were back in the car and headed for Auckland airport to return the rental car. On the way there we passed though Karangahake Gorge, which is a place I’d spent some time at on my very first trip to NZ. I managed, BARELY, to spot what was the Talisman Tea Room and is now called the Talisman Cafe. I’ll have to do a “then and now” post when I get home, but for the moment here are a few photos of what it looks like in 2013. The Oatmeal Hotcake recipe on my recipe page is from the 1987 owner, Pam Bruton.

Karangahake

Talisman Cafe, Karangahake

Talisman Cafe, Karangahake

Karangahake garden 2

Karangahake garden

Karangahake love aroha

Once we got to the airport it was a quick rental car return and onto our flights. One person back to San Francisco, and me down to Christchurch to meet back up with Dian. She had spent a wee bit of time in Dunedin, and driven up the coast to see some of the south island’s lower east coast. She was kind enough to take this photo for me in Dunedin:

Tennyson Street Dunedin (photo by Dian)

Tennyson Street Dunedin (photo by Dian)

We were joined by my old housemate Daun and her family. They had arrived in Christchurch the day before and had spent the night in jail. Yes jail, but in this case I mean the OLD jail which has been converted into a youth hostel!

Jailhouse accommodation D2E2+B (photo by Dian)

Jailhouse accommodation D2E2+B
(photo by Dian)

Jailhouse original cell

Jailhouse original cell

Jailhouse original cell 2

Earlier photos make my bed look darn plush!

Earlier photos make my bed look darn plush!

Jailhouse getting merry for xmas

Jailhouse interior windows

No elevators here!

No elevators here!

Jailhouse prisoner DT 3086

Once we were settled into our jail cell and caught up with Daun’s family, Dian and I headed out for a late dinner, which proved to be a bit of a challenge as most of the restaurants had closed their kitchens and were only serving bar bites. We ended up with a beer and a toasted sandwich at an Irish pub that had live music, then headed back to call it a night.

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4 Responses to Day Twenty: KatiKati with Goina and then on to Auckland Airport

  1. EO says:

    Welcome to the Leg 2 companions! Have a fantastic trip.
    Allons-y!

  2. Gretchen says:

    Finally, some teeny, tiny pictures of you!
    Love the jail-turned-hostel – so cool!

  3. Goina says:

    Kia ora 🙂

    Happy New Year! And great to see that there is indeed a shot of yourself – you almost look part of the mural… Thank you for visiting us in Kati Kati – Claudia and Roy are lovely people – very happy they are still part of my life (since 1984); Claudia and I did some serious avocado picking, straight out of the bins 🙂

    Have a wonderful trip!

    ka kite ano, Goina XX

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