"You don't take a photo of me. You remember me." That's what our host Kelvin told us when we tried to capture his image. We sure won't forget these last two days! We have been spending some time on Kelvin's property to rest our legs before hitting the roads again today.

Kelvin showed us around Helensville, where we were able to swim at the hotpool, eat some good food at the local pub and visit the coast. His hospitality amazed us!

He also surprised us with a visit to the local Maori school - Tau Te Arohanoa Akoranga. The school has 47 students and keeps alive the Maori traditions. They welcomed us with a traditional ceremony and we were invited to talk about our expedition. It was great to see the smiles on the kids' faces as we explained little details such as what we eat and where we sleep. They also kindly offered us some lunch (hunted deer!) and we happily learnt new games as we played with the younger ones! It was a great culture exchange and an experience we are not close to forgetting.

Today, we are back on the roads heading towards Auckland. As the locals say "You can get 4 seasons in a day"... looking at the present weather, we understand, and we hope the weather stays clear.


Kelvin
12/6/2012 09:36:58

"If you remember someone, you don't need a photo" was what I said (lol) It was great been your host for 2 days. Hopefully other kiwis will open their hearts, their homes & their wallets for you for your good cause as you continue on your journey to The Bluff. Take care & all the best. May God be with you,always.

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