Mt Maunganui

Weekly Photo Challenge : Sunrise from on the ocean…

On board a cruise liner there are almost 2000 other people sharing the space, plus another 800 staff.

But it is still possible to find a place to be alone, especially early in the morning as the sun rises. As Brie Anne says “almost everyone overlooks the early mornings“.  

To just appreciate the beauty of the surroundings and marvel at having an opportunity to listen to the pulse of the ocean, I would go up on to the Promenade Deck and watch the sun rise.  I did not get up early every morning, after all I am on a cruise! Some days were overcast when I peered through the porthole and then I would snuggle back down under the blankets.

There were 2 outstanding sunrises and one was the as we sailed into Tauranga. 

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This is the glorious sunrise as we sailed into Tauranga.

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The other one was quite different, no big blaze of glory but shafts of light (Crepuscular rays) that radiated from behind the clouds to highlight the misty outline of the distant hills. A gentle and gradual awakening of the day.

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There are so many things to keep you occupied on a cruise but it is these quiet moments that will live in my memory.

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He’s unstoppable

View from the top of Mt Maunganui

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We are now staying with my daughter in Mt Maunganui. Mount Maunganui is a coastal resort town which enjoys great weather year round, and is a popular destination for those seeking sun, sand and relaxation.As New Zealand’s ‘Surf City’, Mount Maunganui’s beaches are great for surfing and diving, with large numbers of visitors wanting to experience the laid-back vibrant café and pub scene,  

 It is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand and has a sub tropical climate and with sea,sand and sun it is a very popular holiday destination. The town is overlooked by The Mount Maunganui which is an extinct volcanoe at a steep 232 metres high it takes a challenging hour to walk to the top and is used by many, including my daughter, to keep fit. Five years ago, on his 75th birthday, Jack took on the challenge, so he was determined to do it again on this visit.

I did not go with him…

Well done Jack. 2 hours later he joined me in town and we had a celebratory cuppa.

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