Yesterday's day out was much needed and full of surprises.
Reading a fellow blogger's post at Paisley Jade this morning. I am in complete agreement. NZ is beautiful and it is amazing what you can find in your own backyard.
Having explored great chunks of the area around our current home and some of Northland we decided to head South.
Driving through Manukau with already restless children we stumbled, quite by accident on the Auckland Botanical gardens.
There we spotted..............
And a Christmas tree made from ferns and poinsettas.
... a walled, edible garden to be very envious of, (or at least strive for)....
Back in the car we headed to a place truly out in the wops wops, near the Bombay hills.
Hunua Ranges to be exact.
Not quite Niagra, but breathtaking and noisy enough to get us all awestruck and excited.
A wobbly swing bridge allows this first glimpse of the fall from a distance.
One of the access ways
Our touristy pic contribution.
I wish this was closer to my house. I think I could sit here for hours writing all sorts of inspirational things.
Bush walk in for a closer look.
And of course, as promised to the regional council, we left only our footprints. (Although Miss 6 was kind of concerned about our tyre tracks in the parking area. I assured her it would be fine. Innovative thinking though!!)
Then driving up through Clevedon (which we both loved the look of). The kids were fighting and playing games in the back by this point!!
We kept driving out towards the coast arriving at Maraetai beach.
Maraetai is covered with shells and has an amazing view of Waiheke Island directly in front of us.
With a camera full of photos, ice creams eaten and tired, sun weary bodies. We scoffed fish and chips and slept well.