Wairere Falls

Okauia escarpment Wednesday morning after our big country breakfast, we drove the few km from the cottage to the Wairere Falls track (the waterfall we could see from our window). The weather was absolutely gorgeous, already t-shirt temperatures by 9:00. When I had first researched this area online, I’d been struck by the unusual topography…

Wairere Falls Farm Cottage

Our lodgings in the Matamata area Tuesday night were a "farmstay" near Wairere Falls. Of all the places I had found online for our trip, I was the most unsure about this one, based on its little webpage and its price ($80 NZ + $20 for 1 extra person, so that was only about $55…

Redoubtable repast

Our Hobbiton tour bus took us back to Matamata just in time for an early dinner, so we walked across the street to the Redoubt Bar & Eatery, which had been recommended to us by the friendly woman at the information center. (I don't think we met a single person in NZ who was not…

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…