Day 8 - Friday
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Morning finds me sitting outside beside my camper watching dawn break and listening to the birds. I piled on the rest of my clothes since it’s a bit cold and all my warmest clothes are wet from last night. My companions are the Pukeko, also known as the Purple Swamphen, the happy, friendly little fantails and one really persistent house sparrow that sits at my feet, flies around my head and wanders through the camper waiting for a handout. Now she’s on the armrest of the chair I’m sitting in! The Swamphens are really beautiful colors. They are the size of chickens and are just everywhere. A little more organizing in the camper and I’m off.
I head north. Driving the camper is like driving a tank! The thing is diesel so it’s loud and has no acceleration.
I spent a little more time in the park and then headed north again. The beaches are beautiful. Most of the area is farming ��" cattle, sheep and wineries. I stopped for lunch at a little tavern for some “roast lamb and veges” ��" good stuff. Found some more birds and decided to stop at a campground at about 3 pm. The campsite is perfect! I’m on the edge of an estuary looking out to sea, past mountains and surf and sand. The only thing that mars the landscape is my ugly little campervan ��" it is so hard to remain inconspicuous! Unbelievably gaudy! I’ve got electricity and in the morning I’m going to try the shower. It even has hot water, I’m just not sure how much.