I left Motueka on May 4/06 and took the bus back to Nelson City where I will now get cleaned up and then board the Kiwi Experience bus which will take me to Westport and then down the west coast of the South Island. I am staying at Club Nelson Backpackers which has heated rooms so I am not cold at night. Laundry, clothes shopping, and mailing some of my aquisitions home are all I need to accomplish here so if something happens I will let you know.
I will be leaving Nelson on the 8th of May because the bus I had hoped to take on the 7th was already full. Oh well, no problem really. I had a chance to check out the shop where the "One Ring" was crafted for The Lord of the Rings. It is actually an 8 inch ring of gold plated steel and has no engravings (the engravings are added by the computer graphics team). Despite the fact they have a brochure saying "view the ring" they sure make you feel like a nuisance if you spend more than 2 seconds in the shop. There is also a street of old buildings called Short Street that I am going to check out. Anyways, I am sort of missing having work to do daily, but it is nice not to have be working at 7:00 am when the apples are close to frozen. I will update again in a few days.