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Headed back to Melissa's sister's place today for a few days R&R (yes, being on holiday IS hard work!). We drove down the east coast highway this time, stopping first at the Tui Brewery at Mangatainoka. Noel did the 3 handle tasting (you get 3 handles of beer - about a pint each) and then get to keep the handle! Couldn't do a tour because you have to book ahead and as no bookings had been received, they sent the famous Tui Girls home - Noel was most disappointed! They weren't very busy, so told those in the bar to help themselves - the German backpackers we met there certainly took them at their word - I didn't realise you could actually consume so much beer in the space of one hour! Stopped briefly at Masterton before cutting across the mountains from Upper Hutt to Waikanae. This route is not for the faint-hearted. It is extremely windy and is one-lane for much of the journey - particularly scary when the locals obviously think it's a rally track and appear around blind-corners going full belt and leaving nowhere to go. This was our most stressful drive yet, and was compounded when we got to Waikanae to discover that major roadworks on the highway from Wellington to Otaki was creating huge delays but got there in the end! Melissa's sister was also delayed getting home so we made up the time sitting in the pub next door to her house!
Our time in Otaki was pretty easy, just did a bit of shopping, some washing but mostly nothing at all except eating, drinking and watching DVD's - most enjoyable!