Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Police College and Back

We drove the wee Nissan Micra to Wellington and back last weekend - and what glorious weather it was for a roadtrip! Too bad it wasn't on the bike. There were plenty of bikes on the road though, but the point was to go down and visit Sam at Police College, so the bike was impractical (for three).


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We headed down to Turangi on Friday night, getting away at 4:00 and arriving just before dark. By the time we had un-packed and got an aweful coffee in Turangi it was dark. We stayed the night at Creel Lodge Turangi, and I can whole-heartedly recommend it as a top place to stay. The place was very clean, the setting is idyllic - with the Tongariro River right on the boundary. We were more interested in getting a good nights sleep and taking off again in the morning, but there are walking tracks and mountain biking tracks accessible that look very enticing. We will definitely be back. [http://www.creel.co.nz/]

The run to Porirua was around 4 hours, with the Police College 20 mins shy of Wellington. We stayed at the Aotea Lodge in Porirua - I don't know what I should have expected - clean? no, quiet? no, we slept? hardly. It was close to the college, but next time we will be staying in Wellington.


The Royal New Zealand Police College

We explored Wellington, finally getting a descent coffee at a lovely place overlooking Evans Bay - by appointment only I'm afraid. We had Hataitai Fish and Chips sitting at Lyall Bay for dinner and watched the planes come into Wellington Airport. As I said, not much sleep because of partying neighbours that finally shut up at 3:30am.


Fish and Chips on the Beach (on that seat) - thank Google.

Home via Wanganui and Hwy 4 north to Te Kuiti - a great road, but with the heat of the weekend, the tar was very slick on the road. Then did Otorohanga to Ngaruawahia, and once you get to Huntly its the Expressway or Motorway all the way back to Auckland. We stopped for lunch in Wanganui - 8 and a quarter hours total trip. It had been such a nice day for driving, I wasn't even tired. I must say that the Nissan Micra went really well, comfortably handling the twists but struggling on the hills a bit. In total a bit over 1500 kms for the weekend. Bike next time?

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