Stranded on the Makarori Hill, New Zealand

Stranded in the middle of summer
By Val
@valmnz (12464)
New Zealand
January 30, 2018 10:06pm CST
One thing you don't want to happen is your car refuse to start on the top of a hill in the middle of a scorching hot summer when you are on holiday. Sure, we had a magnificent view as shown here, but we also had limited water and no shade. We were less than twenty kilometres from town when we were stranded here in 33C temperature for more than two hours. A local man kindly tried to start us, then when that didn't work we rang our roadside rescue service. We weren't the only ones in distress that day and so had to wait a while. Eventually, when he couldn't help us, he called a tow truck and so another wait until that arrived. The car problem wasn't easily solved and meant we stayed in Gisborne a day longer than intended. However, the garage did lend us a courtesy car to get around in, so our holiday wasn't totally ruined. We just had less money to spend
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@LadyDuck (146888)
• Switzerland
31 Jan
I am so sorry about your problem Val. Is this the car you bought a couple of years ago and "spoke" Japanese?
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@valmnz (12464)
• New Zealand
31 Jan
Yes and that was the problem, they had problems re programming it. And had we understood what the Japanese was saying we might have been warned we were having problems.
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@LadyDuck (146888)
• Switzerland
31 Jan
@valmnz They should make an effort to translate the warning messages in English.
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@valmnz (12464)
• New Zealand
31 Jan
@LadyDuck it was a Japanese import, so didn't come through official Mitsubishi dealers. We could have paid for an English system to be installed but chose not to.
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@mandala100 (35750)
• Hong Kong
31 Jan
@valmnz Nice view my friend despite the car mulfunctioning.
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@valmnz (12464)
• New Zealand
31 Jan
Yes, and we could watch the guys out surfing. You can't quite see them in the photo.
@mandala100 (35750)
• Hong Kong
31 Jan
@valmnz Yes my friend it's not visible in the picture.
@JudyEv (118544)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Jan
Oh dear, what a shame. And it must have been pretty awful waiting in the heat.
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@valmnz (12464)
• New Zealand
31 Jan
Mainly because the first rescuer was unable to start us and so we had to then wait for the tow truck.
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@JudyEv (118544)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Jan
@valmnz When we were away we passed a guy and the bonnet of his car was up. He was waiting for a tow-truck too but he was in the shade and he had a book so he reckoned he was okay.
@jstory07 (65364)
• Roseburg, Oregon
31 Jan
Will at least your car got fixed in the end.
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@valmnz (12464)
• New Zealand
31 Jan
Yes. Some things are sent to try us!
@xFiacre (4232)
• Ireland
31 Jan
@valmnz Breakdowns are never funny but we have to make the most of them.
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@valmnz (12464)
• New Zealand
31 Jan
Like chatting to the aging surfer who first tried to help us
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@hereandthere (28853)
• Philippines
31 Jan
i was about to say it's a gorgeous view to be stranded in, but you're right, it depends on the time and temperature, your supplies and budget, and how many hours.
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@valmnz (12464)
• New Zealand
31 Jan
I tried to stay positive. We stopped so I could take a photo of the view! Then couldn't start again.
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@sallypup (26293)
• Moses Lake, Washington
31 Jan
I wonder if you got too hot, could you go down to the ocean for a cooling splash?
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@valmnz (12464)
• New Zealand
31 Jan
If wed known how long the tow truck was going to take I probably would have though it was a quite steep bank.
@prashu228 (25821)
• India
31 Jan
ohh so sorry, but glad you got the help
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@valmnz (12464)
• New Zealand
31 Jan
Certainly added an unexpected adventure to our holiday
@DianneN (74026)
• United States
7 Feb
What a shame, but it all ended well.