Tourists Invade Kawhia...29/12/05 - thursday
10.30am - We are finally on our way. Dad was busy on the computer, so we had a late start. Tokomaru and I decided to run amok to speed him up. As usual, dad put me on the pony first and Toko behind me. I think it's because I'm the best rider. He then placed Aotea in his backpack, then off we went.
It was another beautiful day. The tide was full in, so we rode in the water most of the way. There were many boats cruising up and down the harbour....
Tourists...Kawhia was full of them. Even on the beach, rented 4 wheel motorbikes were hooning past us, one after another. But our pony 'Pipi' didn't seem to mind...Dad had really trained her well.
It's 4pm and we're off again. Dad said we've missed the tide for the natural hotpools so we can go down to the wharf again for a swim. We all rushed to get our swimsuits on. Normally we swim in the nude, but dad said the tourists and prudes aren't used to that, so we'd better cover up.
When we arrived home, we had a bath and dinner, then dad read us a story from a book. Dad said tomorrow I can come with him on the charter boat "Lady Kawhia" ...He still skippers it part time. He was taking some tourists over to Te Maika.