4/15/19 – Monday
I’d met Trina at a local line dancing class in Spokane. She comes to visit her mom here periodically. We exchanged information. So when John & I came upon this great deal to cruise New Zealand I contacted her and her husband Dan. We had great exchanges via phone and emails, so we knew where we could meet them: at the I Site for Napier. In New Zealand they have these great tourist information centers called I Sites for each town we visited. In Picton that’s where we got the information for taking Bob’s Bay Track hike. In Napier, Trina had called them to find out where to meet us. The cruise ship sends its guests in a free shuttle to the Napier I Site (that free shuttle bus is how we got to the National Museum, Te Papa yesterday. I had been nervous about how we’d find one another with the crowds that come off a cruise ship but Trina was sure there would be no problem. She was right. She and Dan spotted us soon after we got off our bus.
Naturally we’d stayed until the last minute. Once we’d changed into our street clothes we quickly enjoyed our fresh milk (from the grocery, store). It was quite delicious and something they’re really proud of. Their sheep (where we get Marino wool) were their primary export until Britain joined the EU and now get sheep products from there. Now they farm dairy cattle, producing the best milk. Plus we enjoyed those yummy cream doughnuts with our milk. Yum.
We discussed so many things on our way to and from the hot spring; everyone can get a “Lifestyle” block of several acres where they can raise goats, sheep and some dairy cows, as well as a large garden. There are not so many people here. There are 33 sheep for every human. The people love the outdoors, nature and pure food (not so processed). Dan and Trina often have visitors who work on their farm for the chance to stay, then stay much longer than they’d planned. New Zealanders’ attitude is “S’all right”, very laid back with tolerance for all. The Maori people and Scots have long been getting together and making babies. Very low unemployment. He mentioned the ACC too, how even visitors have that help.