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David and Wendy picked us up at the Novotel and drove us out to Raglan on the west coast of the North Island. It was a busy day in Raglan, as we found out later there was a reggae concert there that day. Raglan is sort of a hippie beach community, fairly artsy and lots of fun. There were lots of folks in dreadlocks, obviously there for the reggae fest. We enjoyed a huge breakfast at the Tongue and Groove, a funky restaurant reviewed below.
We walked around the town a bit checking out the little art shops and other stores. I got some necklaces for my sons made of whale bone that were in the shape of a whale's tale. We also had to stop at David's favorite ice cream place and have a cone with hokey pokey ice cream.
We took a drive out to a place where we could walk up a hill and look out over the coastline to the Tasman Sea toward Australia. The views were stunning! We saw lots of birds but not a lot of other wild life.
We also got to check out a water fall called Bridal Falls and I hiked down to the falls with David and Wendy. It was a bit steep for Mom and Dad. The falls were really spectacular -- a ribbon of water falling into a pool below. It reminded me of Hawaii.
We headed back into Hamilton for dinner at Little India. We enjoyed a great family style meal with chicken vindaloo, chicken tikka masala, rogan josh, prawns in coconut curry, veggies and 3 kinds of naan. I was in heaven, and Mom and Dad enjoyed it too. They don't get a lot of Indian food in Wyoming!
David and Wendy were the great tour guides! I am fortunate to have such good friends down under.