We couldn’t possibly pass through Hawkes Bay wine region without stopping for a boozy lunch. We chose the Sileni estate and found a little picnic bench under the ever changing Autumn leaves.
Luke got a little over excited and ended up buying three bottles … We hardly have room to store plates in our little campervan but at least no one can say we don’t have our priorities straight.
To save on some pennies after Luke’s mini splurge on reserve wine we decided to try a spot of freedom camping. I won’t sugar coat it, we drove straight into a swamp and got stuck for hours in the rain until a bunch of seventeen year olds turned up to have a party. Thankfully one of them had a four wheel drive and a tow rope so managed to pull us out. I think Luke really enjoyed being rescued by a boy young enough to be his son.
After our eventful evening we decided to refresh ourselves by taking a long morning walk through the forest.
A section of our walk took us through a place called Rivendell which is apparently very significant if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan. We got this hunch after watching an American tourist reenact a scene from the first film while making his parents take hundreds of photos. His Dad messed up one shot which he was furious about but they talked it through and decided they could save it using photoshop. Phew.
I thought the guy was going to pass out when we told him we had never seen the films, we genuinely stressed him out.