Nice day for a drive…

  Breakfaast in the sunshine Tuesday morning dawned beautifully, bright and clean and sunshiny. We had another great breakfast involving a fresh fruit bowl and homemade muffins, with the sun streaming in the window and making the lush greenery sparkle. After bidding a fond farewell to Berris and Alan, and a promise to come back…

Drizzly day on the Matakana Coast

  McKinney Kauri The weather website didn’t look too promising Monday morning, rain called for all day long. But heavier later, so we decided to do what we could early in the day. Part of our plan involved lunch at a local winery, though, so we did wait a little while before walking through the drizzle…

Ribbonwood B&B

Ribbonwood – web Ribbonwood was our home for two nights in Warkworth, about an hour north of Auckland. It's a very nice home, with an attached apartment as the B&B portion. We had a living room/kitchen/dining area (with a sofa bed for Alex), a bedroom, and a beautiful bathroom. Our hosts Berris and Alan were…

First night in New Zealand

  Warkworth signs What with the great GPS, and the really helpful directions emailed from our hosts earlier, we had no trouble finding our way by about 7:00pm to our B&B in Warkworth, about an hour north of Auckland. We pulled into the driveway, and were met by our lovely hostess Berris at the door…

Grand Entrance to Aotearoa

We had a quick breakfast of tea and biscuits (i.e. cookies) from the little pantry at Australia St, plus some various fruits and snacks we had been dragging around since the Lake House, knowing that if anything New Zealand's biosecurity is even stricter than Australia's, so we wanted to eat anything we had. We also went…

Our bags are packed…

Fridge cleaned out except for apples & carrots: check. Dishes washed & dishwasher cleaned out: check. Knife removed from my purse: check! (not making that mistake again…) Itineraries printed: check. Contact info to family, neighbors notified: check. Most of my work caught up, at least enough to get away for a bit: check. Swimsuit, sunblock,…

New Zealand itinerary

I've got all the reservations confirmed at this point, so at least we know generally where we're going and that we have a place to lay our heads each night. As usual when we travel, though, we'll get recommendations from our hosts in each location, of cool things to do and good places to eat.…