Saturday, January 25, 2014

New Zealand

Hello!!

We are back from a visit to New Zealand, we go over to check on my Mum who is 88 and lives on her own....so we do odd jobs around the house and garden and drive her places she needs to go.......this time we were on a mission to get (of all things) two heaters and an electric blanket!! Not and easy mission in January! We went to a local Mega Mitre 10 store and found a lovely helpful young man who climbed to the high storage cupboards and found us one heater and an electric blanket, another electrical store found us a heater out the back in storage.....Mum was given 40% discount for having her Senior's gold card....I am still gobsmacked that a heater cost her about $38!!!! Anyway, while we were in NZ a tropical cyclone decided to head down from the pacific.....luckily when it got to NZ it was downgraded to a tropical low, so we just got rain, storms and wind....boy was it windy some days....we did get to the beach....had a picnic in the car.....so I thought I would share some photos..... I apologise for this being very photo heavy.....
love this add.....

Rangitoto Island from Mount Wellington in Auckland

a couple of tourists got photo bombed!! Lol!!

'Selfies' are not my forte!! But I have to try.....me and Jenny on Mount Wellington, one of many extinct volcano's around Auckland.....

Auckland city...and the Sky Tower....way off in the distance...

old tower from the mining days in Waihi...

Mmmmmmmmm........DH happily posing! Lol!!..

Waihi beach....the water didn't feel cold to put the feet in!   And of course I didn't take a photo of the beach did I!!! Duh!!

Ferguson Park in Tauranga....part of my evening walk....love this area...park on one side the harbour on the other....

Papamoa Beach....DH and Mum 'posing'! It was spitting at this stage of the day.....

view from the car where we had out picnic lunch....

Mount Maunganui......taken from Ferguson Park looking over the harbour...

On Mount Maunganui.....we walked around one morning....this ship came in the entrance as we walked along....

the Maori warrior who greets the ships...

part of the walking track...DH disappearing in the distance....

now around to the ocean side of the Mount...and to the surf beach..

love this camper I saw in Tauranga.....

and this quilt shop we went to at Bethlehem...an outer suburb of Tauranga....much fabric, many patterns, notions, lots of tempting goodies.....and very friendly ladies work here.....

nostalgia photo for me.....I had a wooden pull along buzzy bee when I was young....it's wings clicked as you pulled it along....one of those iconic NZ things....

NZ (the part we were in) was so green, I really enjoyed the 'greenness' after the dry and brown of Australia...

another of my favourite places.......Karangahake Gorge between Waihi and Paeroa...narrow road, hills on one side, river on the other....back to reality now....home and work....
Happy days everyone!

1 comment:

Fiona said...

what a lovely set of pictures.....
Hugz