On the way to Rotorua: Auckland to Cambridge

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Pottery piece from Cambridge Country Store

We had an early start this morning -- up at 7am, and down to Hector's again for breakfast.  We had our same waitress, Maria, a very friendly and funny woman from Germany.  She kept us laughing through most of our breakfast -- and seemed to get particular joy out of teasing my Dad.  Mom and I had a couple of "flat white" coffees with our breakfast.  I got my parents to try Marmite on their toast.   Marmite is a bit like vegemite, but seems to have a stronger taste.  They did not think the taste was that appealing.  Definitely an acquired taste!

We hit the road for Rotorua around 9am.  We took NZ 1 due south to Hamilton and skirted around it when we got to the belt way.  We stopped in Cambridge, a really charming town just south of Hamilton on the Waikato River.  It really does look like a charming English village, as it's name suggests.  It has a lot of farms that raise racing horses.  It's very green with tall beautiful trees.  We stopped at the Cambridge Country Store for a quick lunch and some shopping. This store is a great find for local arts and crafts -- and I did find a few things that I just had to have.  I bought a beautiful platter that was made by a local artist -- it has a New Zealand "Cabbage Tree" on it and is quite colorful.  The store has lots of hand carved items made from native woods by local artists.  It's really a great place to look for things like that.  We also went across the street to an art gallery that shows Carol Hughes' work.  Carol is a Cambridge artist that does really beautiful paintings.  A friend of mine in Austin represents her in Texas and several of my friends have some of her work.  It was fun to check out her new pieces, but I did not buy any.

Lunch at the Cambridge Country Store is a real treat, as everything is home made from scratch.  I had some phylo dough pastries filled with pumpking and feta cheese and a bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich.  It was really good with fresh squeezed lemonade.

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