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The Journey to Wanganui – Day 20
Saturday 16th April 2005
Another thoroughly exciting day for me to report today, just another drive to another place, this time, it was Wanganui. Although, having said that, the drive was along a very scenic route today.
I gathered my things together after my morning routine, then threw everything into the car ready for the journey ahead. The destination today was Wanganui, and the roads ahead followed the course of the Wanganui River around the West Coast of New Zealand. It was all very picturesque indeed.
I arrived at Tamara Backpackers Lodge and immediately set about getting my clothes washed in the hostel’s washing machines. After this I took a walk into Wanganui to have a look around.
Up until this point, the weather this morning had been pretty awful, but now the sun had come out and it was a nice day to be exploring. I didn’t go too far though, just along the river and up a steep embankment the other side.
The walk up the hill was long and tiring, but the view from the top once there was well worth the struggle. You could see for miles around, and there was a lookout tower that was just begging to be climbed. So I did. Tourists were out in their small numbers around this area, and I had to wait for a particular flock of camera-snappers before I could climb the numerous steps up to the top of the tower.
Once at the top you could see so far out into the distance. The view took my breath away – that and the climb up – and I had to sit for a while admiring the sights before me. As stunning as the views were, I had to descend the stairs and start making my way back to the hostel as time was getting on. So I retraced my steps back down the hill.
Back at the hostel I met a guy from the UK, going by the name of Tom. We had a good laugh as I sat and ate the remainder of my pasta. I agreed to give Tom a lift tomorrow on my way to Taupo. But for now, it was surely time for me to rest my eyes.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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