We woke up naturally at about 08:00 but didn’t want to get out of bed so we stayed in bed until 09:30.
We wanted to do something fun today, so getting up early was a good idea!
We got out of bed then decided we didn’t want to start the day just yet.. So we played a little bit of Fortnite.
We eventually had breakfast, nothing crazy just a couple of crumpets each, then started to get ready to go out.
We left the house around 12:00 and drove for an hour west to get to Piha Beach. The was a really beautiful scenic drive!
The beach is a black sand beach, which is caused by volcanic rock!
There were huge rocks around also, which made for some excellent photos!
We wandered around the beach and the day was perfect for it! Not too hot but by no means cold.
Kim noticed that one of the rocks (which was a mini-mountain really!) had stairs going up it. The only problem was that we couldn’t get across to it because there was water in the way. The plan was to find a way to drive to that side and explore.
The rock in question
We went for a walk down to the other side of the beach before we left to find out way across.
We got to the other side and climbed over some rocks to another small beach. On this beach we unfortunately saw a deal seal and a dead (big) bird of some sort! This was clearly an unlucky beach…around the corner from that, there was a big set of rocks which the waves crashed off of and the waves went incredibly high!
We then left here and went to find a way up to the other rock.
We drove down the road for a little bit and found a car park to park in to get there.
We had to walk for a bit and then got to the rock. It turns out that the rock is called ‘lion rock’!
We walked up it to the top (at least the top of where you are allowed to go) and got some photos. We also sat for a bit because it was tiring!
We then made our way back down and we were getting increasingly hungry on the way back do decided it was lunch time.
We drove to a cafe we saw on the way to the beach which was called Elevation. This is the highest cafe in Auckland.
The food was great but the service wasn’t too good, unfortunately.
Curtis had eggs benedict and Kim had a cheesesteak sandwich!
After this we drove home and did nothing special for the rest of the night. We just watched some TV and had a quick dinner of homemade Chinese chicken with rice.
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This time last year!
– Mr & Mrs Hale