Extended car hire without any fuss then helped myself to the spa 6km up the road from Owera. Nowt to shout about that place, luckily I'd procured a heavily discounted entrance ticket.
Cruised to Goat Island, a secluded marine reserve just off the east coast mainland and managed to comprehensively lock myself out of The Pulsar. True to form it was watertight. Stayed at Waipu, was scratching around in the dark for a hostel to sstay at and was tired of driving, met Anke the Dutch surfer. Chilled over a bottle of red in Waipu backpackers.