Before anything I needed to recharge, I only went part way north to where I’d catch the ferry to the North Island and stayed for a few days in a cabin by the river. The Wairoa Gorge is near perfect, no cell service, no worries (as long as there’s food and coffee).
Didn’t quite make it to the cabin the first night after work, slept alongside the Buller River to the sounds of three river branches meeting and greeting. Woke to low-lying cloud, fog and a refreshing dip in the torrent below.
I kept with me a Polaroid Land Camera 250 on this trip as well, which I was pleasantly surprised at the results. I’ll be doing a full review on this later.