Not far from where I am currently staying is Whakapirau beach which sits at the head of Kaipara Harbour. There used to be a fabulous oyster processing shed here but it seems to have closed down. Darn, I was looking forward to a delicious feed of fresh oysters. Oh well, I shall have to pick them myself now.
There is a great swing off one of the huge trees right on the beach. Thankfully that was still here!
Happy Maori New Year! Matariki is the Maori name given to the Pleiades star cluster, or by the name I’ve known it by, the Seven Sisters.
Waipu a little town near to Maungaturoto were having a fire show in celebration of the 2010 Maori New Year. The Maori New Year is marked by the rising of Matariki and the sighting of the next new moon.
Despite the look of rain a good turn out showed up for the 6pm fire show. Not a bad night out for a little NZ country town!
The best fish and chips EVER can be had at Opononi fish shop. Their breaded hoki fillets are the BEST!
We also took the ferry across at Rawene for only $12.00 it is worth a ride on a beautiful day.
We took a trip up north to visit Steve’s parents. Perfect day for traveling and seeing the countryside.
We really enjoy Germany and in particular staying with our friends H and U in Stuhr. The weather was lovely for us (only 1 day of rain) and it was great to slow down after a fairly hectic month. We are now back in Newport with M and the cats. Yes, Clarityn is a must for me with my cat allergies. Blahhhhh.
Anyway, here are some pics from our time in Germany where we managed a couple of bike rides, lots of yummy food (in particular the weiss spargel/white asparagus which is in season at the moment and totally yummy), church services and touring the countryside.
We got here from Wales with plenty of time to spare. I was rather thankful for this given we were over the weight limit by a significant amount and at £47 per kilo this required some repacking. What I failed to realise in my rush was that I managed to take with me all the liquids which of course are not permitted through security in the quantity I now held! Some more repacking and sharing the liquids with Steve. Unfortunately my shampoo, fav red nail polish and beloved Olay were among the items that had to go! The young lady working at Krispy Kremes scored big time today, she was chuffed.
We ended up taking the Heathrow Express (yep John, I caved) and paid the £18 each instead of the underground as the bags were too heavy.
Loving the airport with lots of room, ok lighting and plenty of shops to browse. Anyway I have managed to use half my iPhone battery life so far today. Goodbye England, Ni hao Hong Kong!