Place 49 – Day 252: Auckland – Matakana, Orewa Beach & 30th birthday Drinks

We woke up at 08:00 and Curtis took Gareth & Lisa to collect their rental car, which was just 10 minutes down the road. Whilst the car was being acquired, Kim made pancakes, bacon, sausage & egg for breakfast.

Curtis, Lisa and Gareth got back, had breakfast and then we were on the road. We had to stop at a garage for Kim to get her car’s WOF (Warrant of Fitness) and then we made our way to Matakana. We went to Matakana previously together but wanted to take Curtis’ family as we thought they’d enjoy it.

We got there and went right to the market, where we bought some homemade honey whiskey! We took a wander around the market and then took a look at the eels in the river.

We walked around the river and went up to the cafe where we got a coffee and chilled for a bit.

After this we found a playpark which we had more fun at than the kids did we think!

We played on the tyre swing and then long slide before deciding we should stop and head off.

We drove down to Orewa where we wanted to go onto the beach.

We walked on the beach for a bit and then went to get some chips and a drink.

We sat and ate our chips on a park bench near the beach and once we were done we left.

We went back to our house to get a few items we needed and Kim had a quick nap!

After her nap, Kim felt much better and we drove back over to Curtis’ family in Campbell’s bay.

We got ready there and then drove back home to pick up Nicola. We drove to the Viaduct and went to a pub there where Nicola was hosting her 30th birthday drinks.

We had a few drinks and messed around with the Hawaiian themed items and then headed off as Kim wasnt feeling great and we were both exhausted.

We got back to Campbell’s bay and had the roast dinner that Lisa had cooked for us which was excellent and then went right to bed. Another full day tomorrow!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

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