- This is pretty much all there is in Ruakaka
- It is very not to scale
- There are a strange number of real estate offices and hair dressers for such a short list
But it's been pretty helpful for getting around. Since most of these small businesses aren't lookupable online, it's really the only way to find some of them.
Yesterday I went to the local dressmaker/tailor (#28) to get some pants hemmed. It wasn't as straightforward as I expected because the business is run out of a house. The mailbox at the road had a "dressmaker" sign but the house did not, so I had to sort of wander around trying to find the right place. Luckily there was a man working in his garage (making wooden toys) who happened to be the dressmaker's husband. Hooray! But she is out golfing...aww. He gave me her card and I went back today and successfully dropped off my pants, but it was certainly a bit of an adventure :)
Last week we realized that we hadn't yet gone up to One Tree Point and the Marsden Cover Marina (on Whangarei Harbour). So we took a drive up there and discovered that there is basically nothing there, except the Mardsen Point Oil Refinery - the only oil refinery in NZ. There is a visitors center, but we figured we don't really need any extra knowledging about oil. Who knows, maybe we will check it out later :)
Anyways, there was some nice views at least, looking out over Whangarei Harbour.
|Looking east over Whangarei Harbour from One Tree Point. You can see the oil refinery off in the distance|
|The sun was really bright...but check out my new hat! :)|