Next stop on our tour was Hokitika, which seemed a very pleasant place. It has a huge, wild beach that stretches for miles in both directions, cafes, and loads of shops and galleries offering pounamu (greenstone), gold, carved wood, and other arts and crafts.
We wandered round some of the shops, just looking. I saw a few (very costly) lovely pieces of carved pounamu, and quite a lot of seemingly mass-produced pieces. We also wandered up to the glow-worm grotto, about a 30-second walk up the path from the main road, so we’d know where to go once it was dark. Once night fell though, we didn’t have the energy…
After booking the motel for a second night to give us the chance for some quiet down time, we actually spent quite a while in our spacious room, reading, sleeping and watching Sky Movies.
National Treasure was a light treasure-hunter movie that turned out to be a pretty good way to while away an hour or two. The heroes had to follow secret, hidden clues, starting with an invisible map on the Declaration of Independence. Actors like Nicholas Cage (the good guy) and Sean Bean (the bad guy) did a fine job. The action was fun, and although the plot was pretty straightforward, the movie was quite watchable.
This was also a good opportunity to do our Kiwi duty and watch Peter Jackson’s 3-hour King Kong remake. One of the great things about watching a movie like this ‘at home’, rather than in a picture theatre of course is that you’re free to make a cup of tea, eat dinner and catch up on some reading when the movie gets slow or the action goes on too long. Yup. Seen it.