The game getting kiwis Out and About!
The Getting Lost Game is a kiwi initiative, aimed at getting people off their phones, and off the usual tourist route. It is a travel game to give you inspiration, and to spark adventures. When I saw this, I thought, perfect! Very similar to my vision in encouraging others to Get Out and About more! I made contact with Cat (the founder of the Getting Lost Game) off the cuff while scrolling through Instagram. She instantly replied with some ideas on how we could help with this initiative.
A few days later, (speedy delivery!) we were opening an exciting parcel with two of the Getting Lost Games! One to play and one to give away!
How to play.
The Getting Lost Game, is a pack of cards with random instructions and directions. Each pack comes in a cute little suitcase with an endearing little compass.
If it doesn’t, perhaps drive out a little further next time, and start your game from a different point not just from your driveway. That is what we did. As we live in the Bay of Islands, we knew we would either end up
- a) In the Ocean or
- b) driving around the back roads of Russell and parking at someone’s farm gate. There is now a RURAL or “OUT OF TOWN” Edition. They are designed as an “Add on” to the Getting Lost Game, 15 additional misdirection cards which are specifically designed for adventures out of the main cities.
Other Game Packs.
- The Getting Lost Game Deluxe
- The Te Reo Bilingual Deluxe Edition! (Awesome!)
- A Naked Version (Ha unwrapped or without the suitcase, not the rudey type!)
- 4 Different Add Ons to mix things up a bit
The Getting Lost Game, arrived in an Eco Friendly flax woven wrapping. The kids were excited to see what was in it, and were immediately interested in what could be inside such a small suitcase! Mstr 6 was fixated on the compass. He is our budding adventurer. I get the feeling that when he is old enough to do his own thing, we won’t see him for days! My heart skips a beat thinking about it. Best to enjoy the adventures we have with them now before they want to explore on their own!
After explaining the game to the kids, Mstr 4 and Mstr 6 were puzzled this would make you Get Lost on purpose. But also, intrigued that it would make you stop for a treat or stop at the nearest park for a swing??!
1st you shuffle the pack of cards from inside the tiny suitcase. The aim is to keep going with the cards until you pull out the one that ends the game, which says “Go Home”. Unless of course, you decide to keep going! There are no rules to the game and the ways you can play it are endless and entirely adaptable to the person playing the game. On the reverse side of these cards, they have more inspiration or ideas to plan your next trip. They include place names in New Zealand. Well, why not fly to Wellington or Drive to the Coromandel for the weekend?
The Joneses Get Lost!
17th January 2020
As I mentioned above, we chose to start this game a bit further out from where we live. We crossed the Car Ferry from Okiato to Opua, where Mstr 6 read out the 1st Card.
So into Paihia, we continued. We had just come from a windy road and unfortunately, Mstr 6 had already gotten car sick from going through the card pack. This is not uncommon for him. After stopping to enable the poor lad to freshen up, we were good to go again. Mum took over reading the cards, and Dad continued to drive, apparently unaware that we were likely to be playing this game for…most of the day. I am not sure why? As we had a chilly-bin full of food for picnics, and most trips we make take a full day, because of where we reside. Silly Dad.
“Get on the motorway and take the 3rd odd number exit”.
So we may have improvised on that one, and just drove to SH10 towards Kerikeri, as the next card had said, “Head North”. Mstr 6 was still in charge of the compass. I thought it was great he was figuring out how that worked.
“Head to the highest place that you can see”.
That was Cottle Hill Kerikeri. There just happened to be a Vineyard up there, offering wine tastings. How convenient. The card reader was thirsty so we popped in to say hello. The people there were very friendly. They have a good selection of wines to taste. There is a tasting fee, where you can choose any five wines, but this is waived if you buy a bottle. The wines we tried were good and include wines only grown in Northland in New Zealand. The views from the winery are also very impressive.
“Drive East until you see a sign for a beach and then follow the signs”.
The kids learnt about the brown coastal signposts, so helped us navigate our way through Kerikeri by pointing them out to us. On the way, we stopped at our favourite bakery, The Kerikeri Bake House Cafe, for a doughnut. They are always so friendly in there. They also have coffee doughnuts which are real memorabilia to me. My Dad used to take my brother and me to get one of these from a little bakery in Whangaporoa when we were kids. I had never seen them since then before stopping at this bakery! The kids also made a little purchase at the op shop next door with some Christmas Cash, and we brought two cushions for the boat seats for $2! Stoked.
We ended up heading towards the Kerikeri Inlet looking out to Aroha Island. It looked like you can camp over there so we may check that out some time. We would not have known it had existed had we not played this game. We stopped at the playground before carrying on to find a less windy spot to have our picnic.
Further around was Opito Bay. A small bayside community, lined with Holiday Baches and moored boats. There was a warm wind but we set up our picnic with a sea view. Mstr 6 decided to play with the lego he had bought from the op shop for $4. When seagulls came to pry, they must have thought the lego pieces were hot chips, swooping down and trying to fly off with it. “Hey! My Lego!” Mstr 6 chased the seagull till it dropped the piece and flew off again. “Well, I didn’t see that coming” Said Mstr 4 while biting into his sandwich! Hilarious the things kids say.
We could have stayed in that spot for a while, eating the fridge remains from our chilly bins, relaxing in the sunshine. After the kids had a swim we decided to get going again.
“Take the first letter of the name of the youngest person in the car and go to the closest town or suburb starting with that letter”.
Well, that was the letter “L”. Not many Maori place names start with L if any in Northland ha-ha. So a quick google and we found Lake Omapere. Lake Omapere is a small lake in the Northland Region of New Zealand. It is located just to the north of the town of Kaikohe. The lake is five km in length and covers 14 km², but only two to three metres deep at its deepest point.
We drove through Okaihau to get there. The drive out was actually very beautiful with rural scenery. However, you can not access the lake as it is surrounded by farm land. We drove right around it and decided to go back to the Kerikeri Blue River Orchard to use the “Stop for a Treat” Card, and get an organic Blueberry Ice-cream! Highly recommend that stop.
Time was getting on, and the One Day International Cricket Game was calling, so we went in the direction of home but continued on the cards. Arriving in Paihia we
- turned on the right road starting with “M”,
- vetoed the card telling us to “drive to a house we used to live in” (because that is nowhere near here!)
- “Followed a white car” for a bit then backtracked for the
- “Stop for a drink” card. We treated ourselves to delicious drinks at Movenpick in Paihia with more Christmas money.
- “Stopped at a park for a swing” in Paihia and some Fish and Chups by the ocean.
“Turned Right”, “Turned Left”,
“Sang and danced for the whole of the next song”, Ha who am I kidding, Only I did that one. I am the lone party-er with a trio of serious men in the car!
Then at last, “Head for Home”
Tired of trying to find things to do? Frustrated that no one can make up their minds?? This is a good option for families wanting to Get Out and About, going for weekend drives, doing something random, or being silly. It is also a great option for doing something different on a budget. All you need is petrol and some treat money. Or just pack a lunch and a thermos, and your own treats to stop and enjoy.
Day trips can get a bit serious. So why not have a reason to just “Get Lost”. No need to worry if you are going the right way. Too proud to stop for directions when you accidentally Get Lost? Just Get Lost on purpose! And have fun with it. We all had a great day together, going places we would not have gone otherwise and taking time to stop and enjoy each others company. Being in a vehicle for longer periods is not foreign to us, so we tend to travel well. Of course you can alter the game to suit your car-load. A joy to some and probably a real patience tester for others. Relax. The world is your oyster.
To purchase your own “GETTING LOST” game, go to www.gettinglost.co.nz