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I’m Home….

I’m home….

Well after 4 intense weeks in a whirlwind travel around New Zealand North Island visiting family and friends, chatting, laughing, sharing memories and meals and also finding places I had not seen when I lived here, I am finally back in Australia. Time to reflect on the adventure and sort through hundreds of photos and share some of the highlights.

I have been in a bubble of happiness and sharing. Creating new moments and memories with my family and reliving times from the past with my friends. Also finding roads less travelled that I had not seen when I lived in New Zealand for almost 40 years.

The first weekend we went on a beach BBQ with my son and family. The weather was perfect, the sun burning down onto the black sands of the west coast. Karioitahi Beach is a popular spot for families and at low tide vehicles can go further along the beach to find a secluded, grassy hideaway to set up the chairs and fire up the “barbie”

The black sand beach of Kariotahi

The black sand beach of Karioitahi main beach.

Low tide

Low tide

The “boys” go ahead in the land rover taking the food and BBQ while we walk the couple of kilometres to their favourite picnic spot. It is hard going in the hot sand, we are working up an appetite.

The flax is an iconic New Zealand plant that grows all along the shore

The flax is an iconic New Zealand plant that grows all along the shore, it has just finished flowering.

Shelter is set up to protect us from the sun

Shelter is set up to protect us from the sun

The energetic younger ones take the dog for a game in the ocean.

The energetic younger ones take the dog for a game in the ocean.

Meanwhile we all relax and watch the sausages cooking

Meanwhile we all relax and watch the sausages being cooked.

Yummy traditional New Zealand BBQ tucker....

Yummy traditional New Zealand BBQ tucker….

Waiting patiently for his share...

Waiting patiently for his share…

Sun sparkling on the ocean

Sun sparkling on the ocean

 

 

It was a perfect start to our stay in New Zealand.

I hope you enjoyed this taste of New Zealand beach culture. Next I will be going to visit the Auckland Art Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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