Auckland, New Zealand (via Whananaki)
New Zealand is smaller than we remember. We can get to the Far North, spend the day with two different groups of friends and family, and be back home again – all in one day!
Once upon a time we thought twice about going that far just for a weekend. It certainly would have seemed crazy to get up at 6:30am to get to the beach by 10. But it was comfortable, not crazy. The roads are so smooth, and wide and well marked and signposted. The countryside, pleasant enough – not spectacular, but not untidy or ugly or uninteresting.
The destination….well, that’s the kind of place people travel right round the world to find! Here’s the beach and it was a busy day:
Remember these photos of Italy? Worlds apart, yes?
We wished we could stay for a week or two (without all the palaver of setting up camp – we’re a bit over packing and unpacking right now)…..oh, I mean stay at Whananaki – NOT the Riviera!!