Trapped in the Park – Our Latest New Zealand Adventure

Are you wondering how we got trapped in the park?

One of the many great things about living in New Zealand is the stunning hiking opportunities.  The local regional park near our home is no exception.  Nearly two years ago a predator-free fence was built, the  non-indigenous mammals roaming around the park were poisoned, and in turn a safe haven for the sheep, cows and native birds was created.

(Yes, clean, green New Zealand does get rid of it’s pests like rats, stouts, possum and bunnies with poison. It’s a story for another day, as this story is about our recent adventure.)

There are several gates that allow entry into the park.  Last week my daughter and her friend decided it was time to film a movie they had been working on for a term project. My roll was crazy lady and only the three of us were needed for the scene at dusk. We parked at the Waterfall Gully lot, where one of the few pedestrian  gates sits. It has two doors surrounding a passing area so if a predator should enter with a human it won’t be released into the park.  The gates are magnetic, allowing only one to open at a time, reinforcing the inability of passing.

trapped in the Park

The gate at waterfall gully parking lot,(Shakespear Park), taken from inside the park. Our troubles have already begun, but we are unaware at the moment.

About half way though our filming it starts to rain, so by the time we finish and hike back to the car we are quite wet. Unfortunately, whoever went through the gate before us, left the outer one open slightly. Therefore, the magnets won’t release and we are trapped in the park.

trapped in the park

Only one door can be opened at a time. As the other door was left ajar, we cannot open our door. We are literally trapped in the park.

Sarah Albom stuck in the park

Sarah dramatizes her escape attempt.

A quick call to the park ranger should get us out. Only, now we are part of Auckland Super City, so instead of the ranger answering, my call has been redirected to Auckland Council, where a friendly voice asks how he can help.

“We are locked in Shakespear Park at the Waterfall Gully parking lot. The outer gate was left open, so the inner gate won’t release. Can you send the ranger to let us out?”

“Don’t you know the combination?”

“No, we are at Waterfall Gully, there is no combination. The outer gate was left open, so the inner gate won’t release. Can you please send the ranger to let us out?”

“Where are you?”

“Waterfall Gully in Shakespear Park.”

“I can have the ranger ring you, do you have a phone?”

“Yes, I am talking to you on my phone now. Can you please send the Shakespear Park ranger to Waterfall Gully parking lot to let us out?”

“I don’t know where that is.”

“The ranger will know, there are only three parking areas in this park. It is raining and we are very wet. Can you please send the ranger?”

“I will page the ranger and he will call you so you can tell him where you are.”

And so it goes. We didn’t have to wait long before we saw security. He just happened by, and wasn’t sent to help us. The park ranger never called.  However to be fair, we contacted Auckland Council again once we were out to let them know we didn’t need to be rescued.

trapped in the Park

Lucky for us, this security guard showed up and let us out. He is waving hello to Laugh Quote’s readers.

Have you ever been trapped in the park? What would you have done?

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  1. says

    So let me get this straight. If a human and predator enter at the same time, they can’t pass through the other side unless the first door is closed. So the person is trapped in a small space with a predator. In the US (as I’m sure you know), if a park had this it would be like ringing the dinner bell for bears, cougars, wolves, etc. Or could even be dangerous if the person was accidentally trapped with a deer. So I’m guessing the “predators” in NZ are the aforementioned racoons and possums. LOL!

    That phone conversation was funny but must have tried your patience! I would have been livid!

  2. says

    I was laughing and shaking my head in disbelief at the same time! “Do you have a phone?” … you really struck gold there!

    It sounds funny but could have been quite serious,imagine had you had an accident, or needed medication from the car, had been someone who couldn’t speak English, etc.

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