15.03.2012 - 02.04.2012
I wasn’t prepared to leave my job in Hahei, even if hours were drying up considerably, if I didn’t have anything else to go to, so this a short story about how meeting a few new people can lead to good things, in this case – employment.
Just last week I was sat outside hooked up to the Wi-Fi of house at which I’m staying. I opened up Twitter and I was greeted by a Foursquare check in at Hot Water Beach – a short ten-minute drive around the corner.
It was a fellow* travel blogger – Melissa.
- I use the term fellow loosely here as writing a few updates doesn’t make me a travel blogger.
I wrote a short reply and not long after she replied saying she was staying at the campground just down the road with a friend.
Under the name of ‘The Mellyboo Project’ Melissa writes about her travels across the world.
The next morning as I arrived at work I noticed all three girls on shift were sat outside in the sun, not uncommon as of late. Before I knew it I was making the three-minute stroll back to the garage. Told to come back in a few hours I sat inside in the lounge and watched some of the football highlights. After sitting down for just a few minutes I received a tweet from Melissa to tell me she was at my work and told me to get down there.
So here I am, at my work, having a coffee with someone I met on Twitter. It’s not the first time either; step in Ryan Brown of Just Chuckin’ It back in Auckland not long after we’d arrived in New Zealand.
After the standard traveller introduction questions had passed we settled into conversation comfortably. They spoke of their plans to go to Hot Water Beach (again – yes it’s that good) and as the one time I’d been before I hadn’t been able to get a spot I was eager to dig my own spa pool this time!
An hour passed quickly and it was time to get my apron on, clean down the table we’ve been sat at and start serving customers.
We had arranged a time for them to pick me up to venture down to Hot Water Beach and we went our separate ways during the day with their walk to Cathedral Cove slightly more appealing than a day at work.
Pulling into the car park at HWB Steph swung the car door open and leapt out the car as if there was a deadly snake in the footwell. Luckily, no snakes in this car. It was a friend she had previously met whilst travelling called Jacob. He was with a friend he had met - Lukas and his slightly worse for wear Hyundai Lantra station wagon, which was also full to the brim in true backpacker style.
After a few hours of lounging in our hot pools we sauntered back to the cars totally relaxed.
On the way back Steph, Melissa and I were wondering where the two Germans were going to stay tonight, they’d be content with freedom camping (pitching up anywhere they wanted) so far, but in Hahei there wouldn’t any places suitable. Remembering that the garage can sleep four, I suggested they could sleep in the bunkbed.
When we parked in Hahei I passed the suggestion onto Jacob and Lukas – Lukas’ face lit up at the prospect of a warm dry bed to sleep in. So that was that and they grabbed their stuff for the night and laid it in the garage. Later that night we had a few beers and chilled at the beach. Lukas, Jacob and I also decided on going to HWB for sunrise, normally I may balk at the thought of a 6.30am wakeup but in the two months I spent in Hahei almost every single morning Malcolm and I would go for an early morning swim – a great way to start the day, especially if a little hungover!
Hot Water Beach at sunrise. A lovely sight and definitely worth the early wake up call.
Having spent the evening and morning with Lukas and Jacob we all got to know a bit about each other, where we’d been in New Zealand and what we were doing next. Now the two guys already had their next month planned out; a trip to Tonga to do some WWOOFing and on their return to NZ they would be working at a vineyard in the south of the north island. I mentioned how I was looking for some new work and they told me about their job and gave me the contact number of their contractor. I called up a day or two later and hey hey what do you know, I was told to come down with Lukas and Jacob.
I finished writing this piece last week before it was confirmed that I would have work at the vineyard as I didn’t want to write about how I got a job and then find out that I didn’t have a job. But I DO have another job and now here I am at the house where I will be staying with eight others, it’s a little tight, yes but it should be fun.
After a short three day road trip down from Auckland consisting of camping near Huka Falls in Taupo, climbing Mt. Taranaki and then driving to Martinborough we arrived late on Monday night and did our first day of work on the vineyards on Tuesday, a nice eight hours to ease us in. The work is very simple – cut bunches of grapes off the plant and put them in a basket. It’s simple, easy work and should earn me a bit of money to play around with on (and possibly buy a car for) the south island.