Place 65 – Day 1: Nelson 🇳🇿 – Antiques, Friend Meetup & Large Beach Stroll

We were up around 08:00 and got ready to leave Christchurch.

Once we left, in the incredible heat again, we drove on towards Murchison.

We had visited Murchison on our previous road trip so we knew how awesome it was and that we had to visit again!

The drive there was beautiful. Very hilly & scenic. This drive took around 3.5 hours.

We arrived in murchison and were a little confused at the amount of people as when we were previously there, it was almost empty!

The temperature was over 30°C, so it was certainly very hot. We were all rather peckish, so we found a place to eat. We all had a large coffee and a bite to eat. Kim had pancakes and Curtis had an eggs benedict.

We walked to the Antiques store which was just around the corner. There was an old car, type writers, old cash machines and lot of other items, all for sale!

We left the antique store and got back into the car.

We drove down to the campsite we stayed at last time to show Kim’s parents as it was a really nice area. We then drove onward to Nelson.

The drive to Nelson only took us a short amount of time. In Nelson, we visited Kim’s friend Matt. We met at his house, where we met Hannah, his partner.

We sat and chatted with them at their house for a little and then Tom and Matt did some mountain biking whilst we went with Maggie down to a beach.

The beach was very, very long and beautiful! The sand was perfect and the water was the perfect temperature.

We strolled along the beach, in the water, for a while and then went to get an ice cream. we got the standard ‘Mr Whippy’ ice creams, which didn’t last too long!

We walked back on the beach again, for a long while, eventually reaching the dog beach and petting all the dogs.

We left the beach eventually and walked over to a pub where we booked earlier in the day and sat down for some food.

We had to wait a while for Tom, Matt & Hannah to arrive, but once they did we were all very hungry and couldn’t wait for our meals.

We ordered but the food took over an hour to arrive! We shared a meat platter which was just OK.

We left here around 22:15 and said goodbye to Matt and Hannah. They were lovely and we’d love to keep in touch!

We then drove all the way to Picton, where we are catching a ferry at 02:15. We stopped én route to Picton and looked at the stars which were stunning.

We got to the ferry port and we will be boarding the ferry. Once we get onto the ferry, we will have a cabin to sleep in for 4 hours or so, and then we will be up around 06:30 to head off the ferry.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 375: Auckland – Boxing Day Long Walk, Suncream & A Film

We had bacon, eggs, sausages, beans and toast for breakfast this morning, which was the perfect start to the day.

Shortly after breakfast, we all had showers, washed up and went out.

We began with a trip to Glenfield Mall to visit our favourite coffee shop and grab a coffee and some peppermint slices.

After chilling with our coffee, we walked around the mall and showed Kim’s parents the ‘sights’. We then got back in the car and drove to Takapuna for a beach walk.

We walked down Takapuna beach and then back again, which took some time but the sun was beating down and it was great to be able to experience it and show Kim’s parents some good weather in Auckland!

View of Rangitoto Island from the Beach

After Takapuna beach, Kim had the idea to take the walk to Milford beach, which was about a 40 minute walk away, across rocks and sand.

We had fun on this walk and it wasn’t too treacherous.

Once we got to Milford, we walked along the beach there for a bit and then went back up and to the supermarket. At the shop, we got some ice creams and a drink, which we earned from our long walk!

After, we began another long walk back to the car, which was about another 40/45 minutes in the hot sun.

We went from here to Wairau to buy cinema tickets for later on.

We got back home and were all exhausted, but it was great to get outside!

We heated up the Christmas day leftovers and ate those…There was a lot of food left, but we ate it all!

We relaxed for an hour or so and then got back in the car to drive back to Wairau to watch Holmes & Watson.

The cinema was almost empty! We watched the film and it was very silly but also very funny! Curtis gave it a 7.5/10 and Kim gives it 8/10.

We got back home and it was around 23:00! We have all noticed we have been burned by the sun a bit, too, which is bad!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 371: Auckland – Goodbye Dinner & Gavin And Stacey

Waking up at 10:00, we had some cereal and got distracted by videos and streams until around 13:00.

We eventually left the house and did the shop for all of our christmas dinner food as well as grab a coffee.

We got home and did nothing, even having a nap!

We drove up to Brown’s Bay in the evening with Nicola. We were going for a goodbye meal at a highly rated Indian place up there.

We got the place and it looked really nice. We got our table and discussed the food options. We went with popadoms, dips, samosas & onion bhaji for starters…but that was a bit too much! Our mains came out and looked delicious but were huge! We also got naan breads with them, which didn’t help the amount of food!

We ate as much as we could and then decided we were defeated. The curries were tasty though. Curtis gives it a 7/10 and Kim gives it 8/10.

We went for a beach walk after, to burn off all the food and then walked back to the car to drive home.

We wanted to show Nicola Gavin& Stacey, so we watched 3 episodes of that which was still hilarious!

It was a successful, relaxing day, which was great.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 357: Auckland – A Sleep In, Another BBQ & A Random Sickness

We woke up at around 11:30, which was a lovely lay in!

We had some breakfast in bed, watching a few videos and delaying starting the day.

The weather was scorching today, so we opened all the windows to get a good breeze going.

We got some laundry done and then drove to the shop to get a few things for the week, as well as a coffee.

Once we got home, it was almost time for us to go out again! We had a small BBQ to go to at around 17:30, so we stopped to pickup Kelsey & Hugh, Kim’s work friend and her fiancé, and then drove to the BBQ at another work colleague’s apartment.

We had a few chats and then a great BBQ and listened to some tunes!

Curtis started to feel quite unwell, so we came home and relaxed for a bit before Kim went out to the elephant wrestler, which is a pub in Takapuna, where she met some other work friends to celebrate a birthday.

That was our Saturday…nothing crazy but still nice (minus Curtis feeling unwell!).

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 336: Auckland – Long Bay

Kim woke up at 09:00 and made coffee and breakfast. Curtis woke up at 10:00 and then we had our breakfast.

We finished breakfast and got showered before we went out to Long Bay which took us just around 20 minutes to get to. The weather was good before we left, but it was not as great when we left but was still very warm.

We got to Long Bay and finally found a parking spot. It turns out that Long Bay is also a campsite as we had to go through that to get to the parking.

There were people all around on the grass areas just chillimg and/or BBQing!

We walked down to the beach and just kept walking! We walked left to start with, including past the rocks at the end of the beach. We walked for as far as we could before turning around and heading the other way.

We got to the other side but there was nothing there and the weather was starting to get bad, so we made our way back to the car.

We got back home and went back out right away to get the shopping for the week.

We got back from that and Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim went out with Tabitha. They sat and had a chat at Tabitha’s house for a while and it was great to catch up!

Once Kim got back home, she made a tremendous dinner! We had Moroccan lamb with a couscous filled capsicum and a side salad. Along with this, we also had homemade tzatziki!

After dinner, we had some strawberries and watched some TV.

Tomorrow will be so much fun!

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This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 319: Auckland – Takapuna Evening Beach Walk

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis actually had stuff to do today!

When he got to work, Curtis was informed that a client in Christchurch had no internet, so he called them to see if he could resolve. Curtis was able to resolve the issue pretty quickly, which is good!

Curtis then got a call regarding something he helped with yesterday and had to investigate that for most of the day.

Curtis started lunch and then had to cut it 30 minutes early as he had to help sort out a PC for someone remotely. After that, he then had to investigate the issue for the lady he spoke to on the phone previously, followed by setting up a PC for someone. He wanted to leave early, but left 15 minutes later then he wanted to, but still left early.

Both of us;

Once we were both home, we wanted to go for a walk along a beach, so we drove to Takapuna where we saw there was a triathalon happening…random for a Wednesday night!

We walked along the beach and spoke about our day. It was perfect weather for this, too!

We left here and stopped at the supermarket on the way home.

We had enchiladas for dinner with the leftover meat from yesterday’s.

We watched the final of the Great British Bake Off and then chilled out for an hour or so before heading to bed at a better time than normal.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 62 – Day 2: Bland Bay 🇳🇿 – Jetskiing & BBQing

We woke up around 09:00, had a coffee and then Kim made some pancakes with bacon.

The sun came out pretty quickly so it quickly became hot!

Some of Josh’s family came up to join us in the festivities in the morning. We all chilled out for a while and then Kim, Daniellle and Josh went out on the donut for a few bumps around!

Later in the afternoon, some of the guys went out to fish.

Whilst they were fishing, we walked with the others across the road to another beach and then around the corner to yet another beach. We did have to go over some rocks to get there, though.

We walked all the way back and got back to the house where we briefly chilled out and then Josh took Danielle and Kim out on the Jetski!

Once they got back, it was almost time for dinner! Josh’s family went home and then Curtis and Josh lit a pretty mean fire whilst the BBQ was being cooked.

We sat around the fire for a few hours before coming inside and having some dessert of chocolate cake, strawberries and some lemon pie.

We all went to bed pretty early…being outside all day does that to you!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 62 – Day 1: Bland Bay 🇳🇿 – Amphibious Boat, Waterskiing & Bonfires

We woke up nice and early this morning to get up to Bland Bay.

We left and stopped at the supermarket, which we arrived to just before it opened for the day.

We got all of our supplies, got some breakfast and headed off.

We got up to the house around 10:45, settled in and then went out on the boat! They have an amphibious boat which has wheels as well as being a boat so you can’t drive it right into the water! We had a great time in this boat as we went to a couple of beaches which we walked around.

We finished up with that and when we got back the sun was scorching so we sat outside for a few hours just catching the sun.

It was then decided that people would try Waterskiing! This didn’t work too well as it was too choppy, but people got a few goes out of it.

Once the boat was back, Josh sent out a contraption which goes out into the water and had a lot of hooks on it and catches fish, using a fishing line.

We all sat around drinking and chatting with all of the surrounding neighbours when a boat drove into the contraption, causing it to get a bit damaged and wrap around the propeller of the boat! People were able to salvage it and there wasn’t much damage. We were even able to get the few fish that had been caught on it!

Shortly after it started to get a little colder, so we went inside and had our dinner which was nachos.

We saw the beautiful sunset go down, too.

After it became dark, we lit a nice mini bonfire and all sat around that eating s’mores, listening to music and having a laugh!

We finished having the fire around 22:10 as everyone was exhausted but it was an action packed and really fun day!

Tomorrow should be just as fun!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 299: Auckland – Baked Potatoes!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work incredibly early and spent half the morning doing admin.

14 laptops arrived which Curtis then had to setup and configure, as well as install some more hardware inside. This took up all of the morning!

Curtis finished lunch and then had a remote session to complete. He luckily managed to complete that as he was having trouble connecting last week.

Most of the afternoon we then taken up by a possible virus on a server which Curtis then had to look into and resolve.

Both of us;

Once we were both home, we just had to go for a walk as the weather was incredible! We walked up to the shop to buy some baked beans for dinner.

For such a long time, Kim has wanted a baked potato for dinner, and we finally found a big enough potato to do so! Curtis got a ‘kumara’ (Sweet potato) for his.

We got back from our walk and had a baked potato with cheese and beans.

We then watched the first episode of the new Apprentice series and a few YouTube videos before going to sleep.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 298: Auckland – Tāwharanui Beach & Fish Burgers!

We had a nice 10+ hour sleep last night, which made up for early start on Saturday!

We woke up at 09:30 and had a spot of breakfast before we got ready for the day and jumped in the car.

Josh drove us to Tāwharanui Beach, which is a beautiful surf beach! He weather wasn’t that great at times, but the rain held off and we have some great fun. We walked on the beach and onto the rocks, where there is a few rock pools which are beautiful clear water!

Kim jumped into The above pool, which was apparently very cold!

After the rocks, we went back and off them and up a little hull where we got a really nice view of the beach.

We left the beach and went back to Josh’s grandparents’ house, where we had some lunch. They made us some beer battered snapper burgers and battered sausages, which was excellent!

We then got packed up and got on the way home, but not before stopping at an the old ‘cementworks’ building, which is ruins of an old cement factory, which was pretty cool to see!

We drove on from here and headed towards home, stopping for an ice cream on the way back.

We had quite a bit of traffic on the way home, but we got back home at 16:15.

We popped down to the shop to get stuff for the week, and then went to McDonald’s for a coffee as Curtis got one for free through the monopoly promotion.

We got home and did a few chores, doing laundry, making lunch and a few other things.

We then booked some more accommodation and then had some leftover spaghetti Bolognese for dinner, which watching some YouTube videos.

After this, we got ready for bed and spoke to Kim’s family regarding the trip.

Back to work tomorrow, which is a shame as we’ve had such a fun weekend!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale