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Lake Mahanipua

Lake Mahanipua

Tonight we stopped at Lake Mahanipua, home of the infamous “Pu Pub.” The pub got its’ name partly due to its’ location (at lake MahaniPUa, and partly due to the fact that it’s built in a building that once housed public toilets. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Les, a very spry 87 year old man with shaggy white beard and a rather crotchety demeanor (pretty much me in 59 years). Les is the long time owner of the Pu Pub and the attached hotel where we would be spending our evening. He gave us the run-down on the rules, told a few off-color (see also awkward) jokes and stories, then sent us off to find our rooms.

One of Les’ stories started by informing us about the cameras he had placed around the hotel and bar. He went on to describe a very special evening he had captured on film involving a guy standing in the corner of the bar with his pants around his ankles and a girl around his waist. To quote Les, he was “getting a nobber.” What did he do with this film you ask? Well, he printed out still photos of the event and pasted them all over the bar so that everyone could share in the magic. The moral of the story: Les sees all, and if you decide to “get funny” he’ll put that shit on Youtube and make you famous (his words) lol. Les is a legend!

Lake Mahanipua

We found our rooms, dropped off our bags, then set out on a walk with Kat to see the Lake and the Tasman Sea. The lake was stunning: a huge pool of mirrored glass surrounded by lush green mountains. We spent a bit of time taking some photos, and taking in the views, then proceeded back across the highway just in time to see the sun set on the Tasman Sea. After our walk we returned to the hotel, and joined the rest of the crew for a home cooked meal of steak, vegetables, corn on the cob, and Les’ famous venison stew: it was amazing!

Lake Mahanipua

After dinner it was time for the big party. As a way to promote the pub, and encourage a bit of good fun, Les’ and the Kiwi Experience team put on a themed party in the pub each time the bus stops there (which is pretty much every night). Our theme was the letter “P.” Dressed as pirates, police officers, and my costume “Pin the tail on the donkey,” we all headed to the pub got the party started. Someone suggested we all go around and take turns quickly introducing ourselves, stating our name, where we are from, and our favorite sexual position (this proved to be interesting). I was also quite surprised to hear how many ladies report “reverse cowgirl” to be their favorite. This fact also provided a good bit of fun when Senna (a very attractive blonde girl from Holland) shared that she did not know what reverse cowgirl was. The reason this was fun was because Heidi decided that the best way to explain was by simply laying Senna down in the middle of the bar and showing her. Needless to say hilarity (amongst other things) ensued. After more than enough cocktails had been consumed, we wrapped up our evening at the Pu Pub and headed off to bed.

Pin the tail on the donkey Les



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