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Posted: Hi everyone - I just joined the forum last week and I'm fairly frikkin amazed at the number of spinny people that seem to be inhabit of New Zealand. So cool.
Anyway, I've been planning a trip to NZ for like a year and a half and I finally managed to wheedle the time off. I'm flying into Nelson Sunday, April 9 and will fly out from there on the 25th.
My original intention remains the same, just to do a walkabout around the southern island and have a look around since everyone I know who's been there and told me you simply have to see the place, and since my old country people maybe chose to move to Canada over New Zealand or Austrailia probably due to whatever ship happened to be in harbor at the time.
I'd really like to meet as many people as possible down your way and hang a bit, and talk and spin some. I'm totally bringing my sticks and poi. I've got a pair of kevlar wicks that have never ever seen fuel so I'm pretty sure I can fly in one of my firestaffs without having it confiscated by homeland security (I hope).
I'm also a folk musician and I'm travelling with my guitar and mandolin. I've been practicing new sets for spring (here) for months and months and I'd love to do some shows while I'm in New Zealand. If anyone has tips, connections, contact info on any rooms or even campfires I might be able to play, please let me know. I've got a new press kit coming in the next few days because of the shows I'm trying to set up in the states come May. I have no time or desire to get in trouble with the New Zealand government and hassle with work permits, so any shows I'd do down there would be free to all. If nothing comes of this, cool, I'm happy to be there anyway, but I've been practicing so hard all winter and I'd really love to play, and I would of course love to jam also with any who love to just jam.
I'm still confused onto how exactly our clocks sync up and I only get really a few minutes out of six or seven hours a day to be on the internet, so if my response time to anything seems kinda slow, it's because of that, and because I'm a slow person anyway.
I'm really looking forward to my leaving. In my mind I am already so gone.
I'm sure I'm going to be passing through Queenstown around mid-April I imagine. So yeah, I'd love to check out the scene there.
Wellington sounds like a cool place, but it might be kind of tricky to get there at this point. My itenerary is that I'm flying into Nelson, making my way down around the South Island counter-clockwise and then flying back out of Nelson and home again.
Right now the cost of catching a flight from the South Island to the North and back again so I can catch my flight out I'm afraid might be too rich for my blood. A lot of the mad spendy money I had set aside for this trip got used up this past month on unexpected bills.
I am interested in building as many contacts down your way as possible, and if it's like here it's a matter of discovering which towns support a scene and which kinda don't.
I am planning a seperate North Island trip at some point in the future as I've been told you can spend weeks and weeks on either island and only see a smattering.
After a shakedown climb yesterday, I had to make a hard decision; guitar or mandolin - I can't really get both on my pack with all my other gear I need to live. I think mandolin is going to win out.
Posted: I think it is a wise decision to leave your guitar at home as there are so many of them around NZ as it is, but Mandolin's are hard to come by. Look into ferry crossings from Picton to Wellington. It is a three hour journey from one island to the other and a good time to catch up on sleep. Then you can come play fire with us :-) (on a Tuesday)
I love the manuka beer... I am guilty of drinking more than my fair share of beer and eating more than someone my size should be able to...
If you walk up the hill a bit towards takaka from there, there is a small dodgy looking path that has alot of glow worms.
Also in my fab-u-lous geological travels, we went on a bit of a walk up a rather large hill, there were some awesome views of fairwell spit. there were lots of cool rock things to look at if you are that way inclined...
Did you know if a pigeon doesn't bob its head when it is walking, it will fall over...
Posted: mozzy netting for the west coast is always a good idea in my books, but otherwise I'd ditch it.. I'm in Christchurch.. or maybe I'll be visiting welli at some point around then (HI GRIFF) But get in touch thru private message if ya like and I'll give you my cel number, might be able to sort out a room for you, it is getting a little cold, or rather the weather's just weird hot, cold, rainy, whatever, I don't know what the season is! ps golden bay is Takaka up top of the south island pretty much
The first place I was planning to tramp was the Abel Tasman which ends up right near Takaka. Mussel Inn, eh?
I think maybe I'd try to catch a Picton to Wellington ferry right before I left for home. If I got up there on a Tuesday like you were talking about it might be a little tricky though - I gotta be back in Nelson by Wednesday to catch my flight out, but I could get to Wellington a bit earlier I guess.
Do you really think there's a place in Wellington I could play? That would be sweet.
Posted: Your best bet for playing music in wgtn at such short notice would be an open mic night. saying that though I am not sure if they are still happening. ok, that is not to helpful. Um, Happy has a acoustic night on Thursday's (but that doesn't fit into your schedule) so that is about it.
Abel Tasman is a great walk. I am quite frankly jealous
It is the 15 of April.I am here in Takaka.I am heading back towards Nelson and Picton tomorrow.My cell is 1-208-440-0813. Call or write me with Wellington contact info. I will call you. Otherwise I will be in Wellington by Tuesday and bummed!
It turns out my cell phone does not work in NZ. I should have read the fine print. I am in Motueka today, Sunday, and will wend my way to Nelson tomorrow and then Picton. From there I will either head north to Wellingington if I hear from anyone in Wellington, or else I will head south towards Nelson Lakes.
Any creative ideas about how I can hook up with anyone, I'd be happy to hear. If I get any phone numbers I will get a local NZ calling calling card.
Posted: so yeah if you want to meet up with anyone in nelson diff give me a call. iv PMd you both my numbers and if you cant get hold of me at home just leave me a msg. yeah if your phone is from the states and not a tri-band phone it wont work over here. would be really wicked to catch up if your keen for it. im sure my mate scotty would be keen to hook up as well. hes feeling a bit under the weather but he managed tomake it out to the full moon drumming lastnight so id say your chances are high. good luck (and nelson is a really beautiful place to vist if they weather is nice ... do you like kayaking? i might be able to rustel something up depending on when your here...)
What if we think the jokes on them, But really - the jokes on us....
Posted: Kaikoura is a really cool place, so much to do, so little time, not sure about the juggling community there, but there's some truly outstanding diving if your interested. If your lucky the whales will be around too.
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.