The Kingdom of Tonga is a collection of specks in the vast Pacific Ocean. It’s also one of the few remaining absolute monarchies in the world, and a land of immense churches and modest houses. A place where you can swim with baby humpback whales by day and quaff kava by campfire at night. So why is there nothing to do on Tongatapu, the main island, where you’ve inevitably just landed?
The White Lady only comes out at night, towed by a tractor to Commerce Street in downtown Auckland, just behind the train station and around the corner from Showgirls. With bright Christmas lights along her flanks like a beacon to the congregating barflies, the White Lady has been serving New Zealand’s late night crowd for more than 60 years, piling burgers high with pineapple, eggs, beets, and a series of accoutrement most would never consider atop on a beef patty.
You just had a little shiver down your spine when you read that, didn’t you? Which means one of two things- either you’ve traveled in Australia, or you can see the future, and your body is scared.