Oh yeah ... missed some photos from yesterday.
When we were in Blenheim, a lady asked us if we had tried the pies from the Burleigh bakery. She said they were the best pies she’d ever had. So as we were leaving, I decided to have one for breakfast. As one does.
The lady said the Pork Belly pie was great .. however I went for the Steak and Blue Cheese. $6.50.
Maybe the best meat pie I’ve ever had. Chock full of meat. Just a hint of blue cheese ... too much would be overpowering. This was a 10/10 pie. All hand made on site (as most NZ bakeries do)
Before we hit the Maruia Falls, we arrived in the town of Murchison. The centre of the 1929 earthquake I mentioned earlier.
This is typical small town NZ.
- One pub. Always on the corner.
- One general store. Generally a 4 Square (a NZ icon)
- usually a second hand store
- sometimes a hardware store for the farmers
- generally some sort of cafe for the farmers wives to meet at and have a coffee while they gossip. Haha
There was a cool store called “dust and rust vintage store”. They are only open in the weekend. The store had lots of vintage machinery, gas cans, that sort of thing.
The white tow truck is a Bedford J1 - this is the ubiquitous truck of NZ in the 1960s. Straight 6 petrol engine, 3 speed manual box with like 3 acres between each gear ratio. Haha. You still see them driving around occasionally. The rusty one (rustier ..) is an Austin truck. Both of these are English design, probably assembled in NZ when they actually built cars in NZ.