So last day in Raglan and it’s the best day here glorious sunshine and perfect day for surf…. arranged with newquay toby from the pub night to get a lift to the beach at 10am as he is working in the cafe near there, so that’s amazing and saves one out of three hitchhikes needed for the day! This part of nz is apparently ok to hitching a ride.
The surf is so cool and get another $35 (£17) for half day which is perfect as bus is at 4.40pm the last bus of the day, so def wanna miss it haha. The tide is far out, but easy enough to get out to and nearest the surf hire easiest bit as doesn’t have the strong current right that makes it so hard to get to the powerful break. When I do get there you really need to not fall off or muck it up after all the effort, so amazing feeling when I manage to catch a decent wave and ride the surf back to the beach. Actually feel like a surfer and doing ok, great feeling as it’s pretty fast too. Working out how to speed up the board and keep it going on waves that are slowing the pace. Staying down for the max 3.5 hours catching up with Norbert from the in town hostel, who is trying surfing for the first time and struggling a little as didn’t want to pay the $90 lesson, which is steep! More than Byron even. Before I go I make sure I get some fun pics with the board and waves, probably should have tried to get some of me on the board too, but waves at end are not that great.
Getting back to the lodge I’m hopeful I can get a lift with the guys from karoi lodge doing lesson, but find they are heading into town instead so it’s down to hitchhiking. Definitely a first time experience, after a 20min walk to the road past the gorgeous lookout and reserve area, I flag a campervan within few minutes who is a local guy called Duncan on his way for a surf. Luckily a cool guy and chatty, I get to Whale bay so just the long way up the lodge path to go, which is nice as the sun is out and always like walking.
Getting to the hostel I try for a town lift from the surf lesson bus, but not going as far as town I have to rethink. Not in the end needing to try to hard (luckily again) there is a cool girl called Mia working at reception finishing her shift and going home via town. Making life a million times easier as so many heavy bags to walk down the long forest road.
Arrive town with time kill it’s nice to sit in the sun. A guy from Devon asks for the time and from that get chatting and invites to pub for a drink so go along. Only time for a quick one, we manage to get bus no prob despite bus being late. The ride back is quite scenic with mountains all the way and takes an hour or so to Hamilton. Waiting at the bus depot when we get there have 2 hours to wait, which actually flies by time I do all the online jobs I need. So by time I get to Auckland, after a cruisy manobus with wifi and chargers, a quick visit to McD’s then it’s back to Nomads. With most of the dorm sleeping and a 7am start, it’s not a late night at all, however Auckland doesn’t seem very alive on a Thursday night anyway, so don’t feel like missing too much and after 3 days surfing the body is feeling it!
April 14th 2016