And the best bit is it only costs five dollars (no, not the kayak!)

I’ve bought a lot of gadgets in my time, and seen even more, and I’ve learned that generally things that sound great but are really cheap are almost always pretty bad. ALMOST always. Today I bought a water bottle that is also a solar powered torch. It’s kind of a bit cool and a bit geeky, pretty much James Bond meets Ray Mears, but it was $5 and my curiosity got the better of me. I bought one, and so did Pauline, and unbelievably, they are really good! The solar panel on the top of the lid charges the batteries fairly quickly, and LEDs are nice and bright. The LEDs are inside the lid too, pointing down, meaning that when the bottle is full of water it refracts the light nicely, making it a pretty good lantern. All for five dollars! K-Mart you little beauty.

As well as the solar-powered Lantern, I bought quite a lot of other things in Nelson today. I’m planning on doing some long, multi-day hikes soon now I’m in the south island, and so I needed a tent. Preferably a nice small, light tent but something which is good quality and properly waterproof, and I managed to find the perfect tent in a camping shop in Nelson with 20% off. First the solar lantern and now 20% off a tent? Things are just getting better and better! The icing on the spending spree cake however was waiting just around the corner…

Torpedo7 (a sports and outdoors shop) had a huge sale on, and I noticed a three man, seventeen feet long kayak was on sale from $1200 down to just $400! Id been researching renting kayaks in Abel Tasman National Park where we will be headed in a few days, and already knew they were in the region of $100 per person per day to rent, so $400 for a kayak for all three of us seemed a steal. Impulse buy number three. Say hello to the ‘Big Banana’…