Wow, this is one cool place I've fetched up in here. I thought I would drive as far as Raglan because it might be nice, then on to Auckland tomorrow. I started looking for the YHA in Raglan, which finally turned out to be about 10 miles out of town, at the top of the cliff overlooking a beach. Without any warning, it turned out, after I had paid to consist of cabins. Hmmm, I said I wasn't staying in cabins any more. I wondered if it would be freezing. Well it turned out to be fairly amazing. This is my cabin:
It is warm inside, but not too much - obviously a bit of greenhouse effect. It has a heater that looks like the super inefficient heat accumulator type, but it may be good enough for the top of north island in april. The big issue as far as I can see, is the lack of sockets. I think we are being ecologically discouraged from using electrical appliances. Really!!! Yes really. But the earth cabins have sockets, so after a little transfer, this is my new cabin:
Wow, I want one of these for a studio. I haven't slept on a futon in a foom with thick walls and small windows for over a year. It really is the only way to build. It's certainly the only way to build a cabin that doesn't need a heater in winter. This cabin has sockets and no heater but I'm not too worried. I expect it to hold its temperature.
Raglan is trying to undo New Plymouth's good work by making we want to stay longer. I could spend a few weeks here, working on that translation I'm supposed to be finishing today. This is just the sort of place Jasper would be staying in. I wonder if the Kiwis really like places like this? They're certainly not used to them.