Hello my crafty friends,
Tonight I just have a few more photos of our recent trip to New Zealand.
It is such a beautiful country, and the people there are so friendly.
On our trip to NZ 18 months ago, we did not have time to explore the Coromandel
Peninsula, on the east coast of the North Island, so this time we spent 4 days there.
We were rewarded with glorious weather, stunning views, and beautiful beaches.
We stayed at Thames and this photo was taken just north of that little town. For
much of the drive on the west coast the road hugs the coastline.
On the west coast of the Peninsular is Coromandel Town. It is a darling little
village with beautiful environs. These 2 buildings are the butcher and
Still in Coromandel Town...isn't this the cutest laundromat you have ever seen.
The town relies heavily on tourism, and it was easy to see how much pride the
residents take, and how they have embraced tourism without
becoming 'tacky', as so many places unfortunately do.
On the north-eastern side of the Peninsular is the famous Hot Water Beach.
One can dig a hole and lie in a pool of water that seeps up through the
sand. The water temperatures range from slightly warm to scalding,
depending on where the hole is dug (sometimes less than a metre apart).
A beach at Hahei, not far from Hot Water Beach.
We had a beautiful lunch at Hahei.
Simpson's Beach on the outskirt of Whitianga,
on the east coast of the Peninsular.
The Botanic Gardens at Hamilton are a 'must-see'. John and I had intended
to just have a quick look, but spent 4 hours there instead. Outside the
Information Centre were massive tubs of mixed flowers (above)...
and as a rose lover, their Rose Gardens 'blew me away'.
Just south of Hamilton is a town called Otorohanga, and there are large
statues of kiwis in several places. This one, made from corrugated iron
is at the northern entrance to the town. It is huge, and just after I took
this photo, some adults stood under it (comfortably),
while a friend took their photo.
If you ever get the chance to visit New Zealand, I am sure you would enjoy
it. John and I think the North Island is beautiful, but so many people have
said that the South Island is even more so. I guess we will have to visit
there next time to see if they are correct.
I hope you are all well, so until next time..."happy crafting",