Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Photos - Northland

Hi everyone.  We're back at Terry's for a few days now and so I can upload some of the photos I've been taking in Northland.
We had a fantastic time, staying with Lyndsay and Stefano at Kahoe Farms where we stayed two years ago and it hardly seemed like two months had passed once we were back in "our" room and sitting on the verandah under the shade of our "lace" bark tree.  This is the view from our bed!  We had fantails, thrushes, turkeys with their chicks (no, not sure either, it's not Spring here although it is nearly Easter) and parakeets come to visit and there were cows and two donkeys in the fields.
We didn't going racing around once we got there, we simply enjoyed some time on the fantastic beaches, had a few lovely walks in the nearby forest, ate well and relaxed.  This was our lunch at the local winery - not bad eh?
And this is Stefano serving the aforementioned steaks, which were absolutely delicious.
Poor Annie got a cracked windscreen on the way there - they are repairing so many roads here it is amazing (I don't know if they have to use the money up before the new tax year or something!) but she ran really well and Al has now washed all the lime and concrete dust off that we accumulated on the unsealed roads.

The weather has continued to be fantastic - just one shower of rain after we'd had a morning on the beach and then a lovely, sunny evening to follow.

We met some really interesting people including Sue and Adrian and their sons, George and Oliver, who have been sailing around the world for seven years in a 38' yacht! Sue actually has an article in this month's "Boating New Zealand" about their time on Easter Island.  We also met the first ever people we've spoken to who didn't think much of NZ!  An English couple who didn't think there was "much to do" here and didn't think they'd be returning.  Well, I suppose they could be right, there's not a lot to do on beaches like these is there?
We stopped in a place called Paihia on the way to Kahoe and got the shock of our lives.  The main road was shut and there were diversions and no through ways and all sorts and loads of official looking people around.  I spotted an interesting looking craft market on the green but we didn't think it could be the cause of such chaos.  Anyway, we had a mooch around the stalls and people were asking us if we were "off the ship"?  We didn't think they were being rude but then we noticed some lady in shorts, a golfing-type top and one of those visor hat things with "Queen Mary II" emblazoned upon it.  We had chosen the same day to visit Paihia in the lovely Bay of Islands as this massive ship with about 3 000 aboard, plus crew!  Paihia will never be the same in our memories!  People were pouring off the lifeboats they use as ferries into the town in their hundreds.  Further queries about whether we were "off the ship" led to the answer, "No", through increasingly gritted teeth!!  We decided to give the place up as a bad job and get the ferry across to lovely Russell where we enjoyed relative tranquility and a yummy ice cream.  Here she is:
While we were in Kahoe we visited a nearby forest and had a lovely walk through the native bush.  We saw several kauri trees and while they aren't the biggest examples in NZ they were still pretty impressive.
We enjoyed plenty of birdsong and the ever-present noise of the cicadas and we managed to spot a tui - a gorgeous bird that we seem to see fewer and fewer of although we did see this one in the Native Bird Recovery Centre and it actually talks!  They are good mimics in nature, this one seems to have continued the practice in hospital!
As you can probably tell we are continuing to have quite a nice time :) here in New Zealand!  Love and hugs to you all, more soon.


  1. Wow Liz, the pics are fantastic. I know NZ and it's really a beautiful place all round. You are there at the best time. I love the greeneries in your photos. Keep enjoying yourself - Hugs Nat

  2. Looks like paradise! I want to come visit someday soon too. The beaches are so serene. Too bad about the ship and all the "touristy" types. I'm guessing they drop quite a bit of money while they are there, but the people in Paihia must feel like they are being invaded. Keep the photos coming, I love virtual traveling with you guys.
    Hugs, Twila D

  3. I can feel aa physical aching inside me looking at those photos.... How can I persuade Pat to let me move Sam over there??? xx

  4. Hello Lis & Al,
    Your latest report was most interesting and did not substantiate the negative comments of the 'visionary English couple' that you met. Perhaps it is for the benefit of the N.Z. inhabitants that they go home never to return!!
    Home News for those Abroad- guess who.
    We have daffodils on the dining room table but none in the garden yet. The One Show, is asking viewers to spot & report on sightings. We do have hellibores, crocus, snowdrops, primroses & mini iris competing for the small amount of sun each day. The trees are at last showing buds, thinking about sprouting. It looks like Spring is taking its time this year_- just as well as I have yet to sort my veg. patch.
    The cold weather persists though the not so fiendly wind has abated.
    Please give our warm wishes to Terry and request him to through out the anchor to slow you down, to enjoy the food, drink and beaches at a leisurely pace.
    Love A&Dxxx

  5. Sounds like my kind of place if there's 'not a lot to do'! What a shame your visit was blighted by people 'off the ship'. Lovely to see your photos.
    Teresa x


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