The pace has slowed considerably here–an opportunity to chill. We arrived yesterday and the sky dive was cancelled as it was again today. There will be other chances along the way, but no other chance for the 8 hour trek through Mordor and Mt. Doom, that was also cancelled. Did laundry and read, and shopped around a bit as it was raining out and foggy as well.
NZ is an interesting country–here are some little known facts. There are more cows here than people. The milking industry is now larger than the sheep industry. Here they also grow Pine trees as a renewable resource. It only takes a pine tree 25 years to grow here whereas it takes 75 in Canada. Houses are made of wood and aren’t our cookie cutter style of suburbs. They export their wood as well, which is mostly plywood style.
I have found more gluten free products here than anywhere. I was in a cafe called the Crazee Cow and I asked about gluten free–I had a BLT on bread that was soooo delicious! From there I took away–bacon & spinach muffin (surprisingly yummy), carrot cake, cookies and then in the same town the grocery store had a whole aisle of products! This small town had only a couple of people that needed gluten free. I am going to have to try and get some gluten-free recipes. Tonight I enjoyed a peanut butter sandwich on the best bread ever for gluten free…I’m gaining weight, what with all this product.
The New Zealanders are a proud group that support their teams–especially the All Black. There is much around about the Olympics as well. We are back on the bus tomorrow to head further south, but not all the way to Wellington. We arrive in Wellington mid-week and I leave again I think this Friday. Hoping to take in a Rugby game…would be great to see the All Blacks play.