Abel Tasman was the first European to visit New Zealand in 1642, Captain Cook came next in 1769, 127 years later – things moved more slowly back then.
We’ve slowed down too – to take in Mr. Tasman’s national park –
its ridiculously lovely views,
coastal waters, seal colony and bird sanctuary.
Time’s different here: hits from yesteryear play on the radio (Stevie Wonder’s being superstitious just now), happy hour is practically an institution and men hunt.
The title of this post came from a conversation with a countryman who recounted how he was offered a pig that’d run into the loo of a local restaurant – hell yeah.
Tomorrow we rejoin the road and head for Riverside
, NZ’s oldest intentional community, after which, the lights of the capital.