It’s funny how things end up working out for my Easter roadtrip. Due to a lot of interesting circumstances, my hand was forced and I was going to have to finally drive in New Zealand. I was splitting driving duties with another fellow Canadian who was a first timer as well and we were going to have to quickly get used to driving on the wrong side of road.
Loaded with maps, a GPS, and extra insurance we hit the road. The roadtrip was a great introduction to driving in New Zealand if we ignore the issues with roundabouts and not one but two run-ins with the New Zealand police. What happened at the first roundabout is something that will remain with the 3 people who were in the car and all I’m willing to say is that it added an extra hour to our roadtrip and there might have been a moment where my life flashed before my eyes. The police…well that’s a whole other story.
Police Officer story #1 involved a routine drinking driving roadblock where everyone in the car stared at the instrument the cop shoved into my driving buddy’s face. The driver stared back at the lady cop with a blank and slightly grossed out look and we could tell she was wondering how she was going to get away with not putting her mouth on this unhygienic instrument. The police officer clued in and then chimed in with instructions right before my driving buddy orally violated the breathalyzer.
As for the second cop story…let’s just say that there were 3 major driving violations that started out with the police officer pulling us over and saying, “wow, there were some scary moments back there!”. He broke out laughing when we blamed the GPS for breaking the speed limit amongst other things and after a quick chat about who we were and where we were from, he proceeded to give us directions to our bach and sent us on our way without a ticket or warning in sight. From Wellington to Napier, we had made it safe and sound without any major incidents and gave us moments that we’d laugh about all weekend long.