Fish’n’chips top off everything
Riverton, the fishing village by the sea with a population of 1431 at the last census. It’s a delightful spot for a girls’ weekend. While only about two hours south of Queenstown it’s a world apart.
On Saturday night I found myself at the Carriers Arms on the main street. The girls and I thought we’d get out of the bach and experience the nightlife. It wasn’t beyond the realm of possibility we might meet some decent men.
We discovered a juke box, beer, fish and chips and some entertaining locals. It was an evening of pure theatre. One of the crowd had lived in Queenstown 30 years ago. He reckoned Riverton now was like Queenstown was then.
Two middle aged couples caught my eye. They were talking and laughing and appeared to not have a care in the world. Later in the night while the juke box blared out ABBA’s Dancing Queen the women danced wildly oblivious to the fact the rest of the room was watching sport. They were hilarious.
Apart from the couples, the fishermen and farmers at the bar and us, the other punters were a group in their 20s knocking back bourbon. I can’t recall when I last saw so many mullet hairstyles in one room.
They breed some real characters down in Riverton. There’s not an ounce of pretentiousness among them. As for the men, the jury’s still out. I may have to return for further research. It’s worth it for the fish and chips! ◗ Queenstown’s Single Girl is looking for true love. Advice and potential candidates should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org