I drove from Tauranga to Auckland today and thank goodness it is a beautiful sunny day,
I had a stop at Krangahake Gorge and had a look at the river and a breath of fresh air.
Yesterday in between doing last minute messages, those ones you have been waiting 10 days for that suddenly appear as you are packing your bag, I went over to Mount Maunganui and walked around the base of the Mount. It is an extinct volcano, and all my life we have walked up (sometimes) or around (mostly).
It was a beautiful day, sunny a little breeze from the south
The land off to the left of the Maori warrior statue is where my mother lives
Isn't this a great way to spend some time !!
This is the entrance between the Mount and Matakana Island where ships and boats come in and out of the harbour.
In this tree is a tui, a native bird in NZ, there were lots of tui flying between the trees and eating the red berries here, I have never seen so many before.
Ship leaving the harbour.
And finally I came around to the ocean beach. The walk is about 4km depending on where you have to park the car.
I have been making more stars but they are in the luggage!!
I am off to have a wander thru the shops, 2 hours more to fill in before the plane leaves. No delays with Emirates thank goodness, lots of flights have been cancelled due to the fuel problems here.