Palmerston North and Otaki

At the end of March, we were in Palmerston North.

We were nicely surprised by the town center, which seems pretty nice to live.

We went to the New Zealand Rugby Museum (12,50$ per person). The museum is not too big, but there is plenty of old and recent items regarding rugby to discover. It was pretty funny to see what a rugbyman gear looked like over time. You learn a lot about rugby history in this museum, and even for people who are not big fans as Lauriane, it is really interesting.

During our stay, we slept in a campsite in Ashhurst which was pretty nice, where a maori carver had his shed (Waikato Rangitane Carving). He took the time to show us his carvings and even brought some maori weapons to show them to us. He explained a lot of things about different carved details and about maori history. A really nice and interesting meeting!

Then, on March 30th and 31st, we went to Otaki, where Jérémy had an appointment at Pacific Tattoo to get a tattoo. Tim Hunt’s studio is in a little house in his backyard. He works alone, which is pretty pleasant because it does not look like a tattoo factory. He was really nice and attentive. After a talk with Jérémy about the meaning he wanted to give to his tattoo, he started the work, without any prepared design. 12 hours of work in 2 days later and for 800$ (which is really not expensive for the work accomplished, even in New Zealand), here is the result.

To finish, two pictures, one taken on the road to our next campsite after the tattoo, the other at Lake Karapiro campsite.

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