I don’t know when I picked it up, but I have an aversion to motels. I think it has something to do with the door to your room opening to the outside.
Both were amazing experiences (although the caves really scared my daughter). I’d intended to visit the Hawera Rotary Club last night. But what I thought was a 2 hour drive was really a 3 1/2 hour drive. Arriving long after the Rotary meeting would’ve ended, finding a place to stay became our top priority.
The price did seem steep, especially for a motel. But then we saw the room. It was a small apartment: kitchenette, queen bed, bathroom, and a separate room with two twins. I was immediately embarrassed that I’d dickered over the price.
The stay was quite pleasant. And getting to see some TV was a nice treat too. The Maori channel was intriguing to listen too, but we both settled repeat episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and The Mentalist.
It’s nice to realize that not all motel’s are created equal.