Auckland

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

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 297: Auckland – Couples Weekend Away

We were up at 07:30, which was a little late for the time we needed to be up as Josh and Danielle arrived at that time also! We rushed and got everything we needed into the car and then off we went.

We stopped at mcdonalds for the mandatory road trip breakfast, and then went onward to Matakana.

Josh’s grandparents have a house up in Matakana, which we were going to for the weekend.

We stopped at the supermarket en-route so that Kim could get the food for dinner as she was making it.

Once we got to the house, we stopped out stuff and went for a walk down to the coast side where we walked along rocks to a small beach, then we walked up the side of the hill for a nice view!

Both of us cut our feet on the oyster shells around the rocks, so Danielle checked Kim’s feet to ensure they were ok!

We left this area and walked back, through all of the incredibly deep, thick mud, and made it back to shore.

When we got back, we walked all the way back to the house where we had some homemade pizza from the pizza oven!

After pizza, we relaxed for a bit and then went down to the coast to use Josh’s new boat! The weather had changed so it wasn’t as nice as it was, but the boat ride was still fun. We went to a nice beach off the coast, which had beautiful sand and no-one there. When we pulled up there were two stingrays there!

We decided to leave that beach as it was getting windy and we headed to Matakana via the water. On the way, Josh realised we may not have enough fuel, so we drove back and ki km and Josh went onto the rope swing instead.

Once we finished this, we went back to the house and got ready to have dinner.

Kim and Danielle made chilli and lime chicken with corn on the cob and home-made wedges.

We ate our dinner in front of the fire outside and then went inside to play cards.

We played rummy as well as drank some of Josh’s 15 year Glennfiddich, our honey bourbon and some Jameson from Josh’s grandad.

We all eventually got very tired as it had been a long day, but an incredible one! We had great fun even just chilling out drinking and playing cards.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

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