It’s vastly different to the UK. The festive season here in New Zealand falls in the middle of summer. Is it better or worse?
Twenty-twenty. It's been a traumatic, often terrifying, yet strangely transformative year few will forget in a hurry.
Our beloved floating home was taken out of the water last month, to have her hull cleaned and coated. Debdale Wharf generously sent us photos.
We arrived back in Gisborne on Tuesday 1st December, in readiness for Barry's 65th birthday party on Saturday 5th. What a party it was!
Following our two-night stay at Whanganui, we meandered northwards to spend a couple of nights at Waitara Holiday Park with Marilyn and David.
We left Wellington Sunday 22nd November, kindly driven by Tracy & Rod back to Waikanae to pick up NZAreandare from Marilyn & David's drive.
Our recent visit to Wellington was wonderful. Helped enormously by Tracy and Rod's convivial hosting, friends who used to live in Gisborne.
For countless years it's been a desire of mine to experience the Great Train Journeys of New Zealand. Planning a trip to Christchurch without NZAreandare, allowed us to book a treat on one of these.
Crikey, so much for slowing down to smell the roses! We frequently hear people our age, saying they wouldn't know what to do with themselves if they stopped working.
It's been many years since either of us properly visited Christchurch, garden city of New Zealand. We had a blast last week there with Jamie.
It's hard to believe that only five days ago we were in the Art Deco capital city of Napier. Between then and now we've travelled far & wide.
I realise I’m being repetative when I say there’s an abundance of treasured memories for me in New Zealand.
Yesterday's post isn't working for many of you. Try going to this one https://barryandsandra.com/2020/11/08/magical-morere-and-mahia/
I believe some places in the world are truly magical. For me, two of these are Morere Hot Springs and Mahia Peninsula.
As the UK heads into a second lockdown, we're celebtrating being in a COVID-free country having a wonderful time with friends & family.
Our next camping spot after leaving Auckland on Wednesday 14th October was another fantastic free one at Ray's Rest Reserve.
Continuing our journey down the east coast of Northland a couple of weeks ago. We spent a few days catching up with friends and visiting Auckland.
A rather interesting combination, treaties and toilets! You'll understand how both are significant icons of New Zealand as you read on.
One of the reasons Barry often quotes for loving England and the UK is its long history. He’d often ask me, what the history of places we visited was.
We'd been lucky on our journeys around the north of the north island, until last Thursday. At Te Paki Sand Dunes, the sky suggested impending darkness