We set off late afternoon from Auckland and we do a double take just before the Thames turnoff.
The scene reminds us of state border crossings in Mexico 2012.
What's up? Bailiffs?
"Please may I see your drivers' licence?"
My driver hands his over.
I ask "Why are the police here, today?"
Seven motorcyclists have died on these road in the last two weeks. Several did not have motorcycle drivers licences. Hence this check.
The other reason is for Bailiffs to check for outstanding fines. My guess is that if you can't pay up you get to forfeit your vehicle.
Fibrolite holiday homes face the sea.
The breakfast at Green Snapper Cafe was wonderful.
We stop at the Bugger cafe and chat with John Gourley who has transformed the Pipiroa cafe into a new thing.
79,977km in 2 ½ years
Where to next???