We went on a steamship cruise tonight out of the harbor to Walter Peak High Country Farm. It is an old homestead that we actually could see from our hotel. The trip took 45 minutes and they announced that if we sank we could last in the water only 30 minutes. Pretty cold, it was. The house is beautiful and we had a fabulous buffet dinner when we arrived. The dessert table was wonderful too and we had our first chance to taste Pavlova. A wonderful meringue dessert that is mentioned in Mem Fox's picture books for the teachers reading this blog. After dinner we got to see a border collie herding sheep. It was amazing. The farmer, Lindsey, then sheared one of the sheep. Fascinating to watch and the best part was how funny the farmer was. A regular stand up comedian.
There were several groups on the boat and as we drank our ale and wine we toasted the fact that we were 58, single and not in a group. They were really something. Most were pushing their way onto the boat like there was something free for the first 25 passengers. We did meet 2 other women from Australia who were quite interesting to talk to. But not until the end of the evening. On the way back on the boat they had a sing-a-long which was quite fun. Another memorable evening.
We did get the chance to do a little shopping this morning. We found out that the blue pearl comes from the Paua shell and only grows as a half pearl. They are not exported and can only be found in New Zealand. Unfortunately, even though it is only half a pearl, they are very expensive. We didn't buy any of those but did find some other nice things made from the shell. There is always something to buy!
Now to pack and then on to Rotorua tomorrow. This will be our last flight until we leave on Sunday to fly to Okinawa. Lucky, here we come!
Take care. We miss you.