For this post I'll share some photos of our trip North with Liz and Pat before they went home. I'll add a link to the Facebook album if you wish to see more.
So here we go........
|A hearty breakfast in Warkworth|
|After we stopped for breakfast in Warkworth we took a detour off the main road to Marsden Point, a really pretty place with some luxury homes with access to water at the bottom of their garden! Nice but rather contrived for me.............|
|....plus there's Marsden point oil refinery just across the bay, not sure I'd want that on my doorstep to be honest. But then I have a car so it has to go somewhere I suppose We called here because Joe has worked at the refinery in the past.|
We had intended to have lunch at Whangarei but we were still full from our breakfast, we looked around anyway before carrying on
|It seems strange to see a Christmas tree this far into February, Christmas seems so long ago|
Each time we head up North we usually call in and stay a night with our friends Sandra and Dennis who live in a beautiful place that is called Oakura Bay. These visits normally involve walking the very short distance to the beach to either walk or have a swim, follwed by a BBQ and a game or two
|There was croquet on the lawn|
|There was swimming|
|We're here again in March for Sandra and Dennis' daughters wedding, it's going to be at the end of the beach, can't wait|
|Great company and always good fun|
|Visiting Russell is an absolute must, although I much prefer it out of season.|
|There was a huge cruise ship, the Majestic something or other|
Then it was off the the Waitangi treaty grounds a very significant place in the history of New Zealand but now hugely expensive so I doubt we'll do it again.
In a small town called Kawakawa there are some pretty amazing toilets, we've always managed to miss these in the past, we've either been on the road road or had no time etc. This time however I told Joe we were going to see them or there'd be trouble!
|If you need a pee I can think of worse places to have one!|
After a quick bite to eat we drove to Hokianga harbour, just past Opononi where we stayed with Jim and Carolyn 2 years again, a truly beautiful place. We stayed at the Copthorne hotel which has the most amazing views, the accommodation was good but our dining experience was hugely disappointing, the food was good but the service was appalling. I've still got to write my review.
Waipua forest and stopped to see Tane Mahuta
The last night of our trip was spent in Auckland, staying at the newly refurbished MSocial hotel, on Quay St overlooking the harbour and Viaduct.
|Great views and another cruise ship|
Here's the link if you would like to see the rest of the photo I took click here
I really want to get back into blogging again and using my SLR camera, I've been using my phone camera a lot and sharing through Instagram, which made me a bit lazy. I deleted my Instagram this week, I know lots of people use it and like it but I find it a bit pointless really. The people I followed practically share the same things on Facebook, so I'll just stick to that, I don't have the bottle to delete iFacebook though, it has it's good points.....most of the time.
Right, that's more than enough for today, I'll be seeing you soon
I hoped your liked the virtual tour of tha last of our holiday