Aotearoa is the Maori name for the country of New Zealand. The literal translation of Aotearoa is "land of the long white cloud". New Zealand has been inhabited by Maori since approximately 1300 AD. Dutch navigator Abel Tasman was the first European to discover New Zealand during his voyage of 1642–43, although he never set foot on the land. In 1769 the explorer James Cook arrived in New Zealand and claimed it for Great Britain, but it wasn't until the late 1700s that the first Europeans began to settle in New Zealand.
What better way to celebrate another morning in NZ than with Art's new homemade charcoal grill, made from bits and pieces he picked up at op shops (NZ's term for shops selling used goods).
Hannah and Logan are taking off this morning, heading for Trashbusters just outside Wanaka. It's a kind of giant op shop near the town dump. I hope they don't get all the good stuff before we get there.
These Frenched lambchops are smelling mighty delicious. Art's new grill uses charcoal that gets hotter than the disposable grills we've tried.
Nice sear and they are delectable. Served with beets and a greens saute. Eaten like a lollipop.
This afternoon we walked up the road to the other commercial establishment in tiny Hawea, the Lake Hawea Hotel.
Still damp from taking late showers, the fireplace felt dreamy.
This would be a charming place to overnight and breakfast in the morning. Look at those views. Their rooms look nice too.
But we're happy to return to our caravan on the lake for one more night.