What is it that intrigues people about Te Maika?
Let’s look at the “negative”…
- It is on the west coast of New Zealand therefore the weather is usually quite erratic.
- It is so isolated that there are no shops to drive to – oops, no cars to drive either!
- Food for the stay must be taken on the initial trip unless one has access to a boat.
- There are no medical facilities.
- There is no power.
Now let’s look at the “positive”…
- It is on the west coast of New Zealand therefore the weather is usually quite erratic. – Yay! makes for variety!
- It is so isolated that there are no shops to drive to. – Yay, nowhere to spend money!
- Food for the stay must be taken on the initial trip unless one has access to a boat. – Yay! no further meal planning… and one must catch some fish!
- There are no medical facilities. – Well, we’ve never actually needed them that urgently.
- There is no power. – Yay! leave those pesky machines at home!
Actually, things have naturally “evolved” over the years and “improved” but “internet”, “cell phones”, even “television”, were not in the English vocabulary back when I started holidaying at Te Maika. When cassette players and then hand-held devices became popular we had a rule that they must be left at home… did anyone complain? Yes, for the first day, maybe, but then they were happily forgotten. We were so isolated from the rest of the world that two weeks would happily pass by without us knowing whether or not the rest of the world even continued to exist!
Weather forecasts are quite important to us now in planning our days but back then we just took it as it came and planned anyway. Nothing we could or can do about it! One wet and stormy day was always welcome after several hot and sunny ones. A great time to stay indoors and play board or card games. As in most kiwi baches, there is a pile of games left there just for that purpose – played with excitement over the holiday period and not seen any other time of the year.
And when kids get tired of being cooped up inside, it’s on with the coats (or not, if one is happy to get wet!) and out for a roam to see what the high tide is doing!
Admittedly, some folk just cannot understand how we can cope at such an isolated place, but these folk are are in the minority. Do we really need to shower every day when we can swim? And what if it’s too cold for swimming? Well, probably others aren’t swimming either so we all smell as bad as each other! (Actually, it’s only in fairly recent times that daily showering has become the norm.)
So now, I’ve clarified those issues, I will tell you about some of our visitors over the years … tomorrow…