Earthquakes…

One of the worst hit areas from Monday mornings earthquake is Kaikoura on the East Coast of the South Island; if you’ve done the touristy thing in New Zealand then you would have probably visited the area to see the seals, birds, Sperm Whales and Dolphins.

Kaikoura, the Earthquake and How You Can Donate

Currently the only way to enter the town is via air or sea…the whole town is completely cut off due to the number of landslides which you can see below.

Kaikoura, the Earthquake and How You Can Donate

I wanted to share how you can donate to the November 2016 Earthquake appeal…the link to the Red Cross website is here…every little penny or cent helps someone in need and it’s super easy to donate.

Kaikoura, the Earthquake and How You Can Donate

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New Zealand is a fabulous community…as a country we pull together and create one giant community and even though I’m currently based in England, I’m still proud to see individuals helping each other out in a time of need.

My family weren’t affected in this current earthquake however in the big Christchurch earthquake a few years ago my dad was visiting the city on business…when he got home he said, what you see on the television is nothing compared to the reality of seeing it in person.

While Kaikoura was hit extremely hard in this latest earthquake, my hope is that it will become a thriving community again thanks to tourism so I wanted to share some very old photos from our road trip via Kaikoura from a few years ago.

Kaikoura, the Earthquake and How You Can Donate

Kaikoura, the Earthquake and How You Can Donate

Kaikoura, the Earthquake and How You Can Donate

Kaikoura, the Earthquake and How You Can Donate

Kaikoura, the Earthquake and How You Can Donate

Kaikoura, the Earthquake and How You Can Donate

Kaikoura, the Earthquake and How You Can Donate

Kaikoura, the Earthquake and How You Can Donate

The Red Cross are also raising funds for the Syrian Crisis Appeal and with winter coming this is when money is needed more than ever…I’ve talked about Syria on my blog before as it’s one of my favourite countries in the world.

In this busy world, I think we forget to think of others at times…it only takes a few seconds to donate and your donation can make the world of difference.

xx

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One of my last tiki tour trips we did when I was home in New Zealand was out to the Manukau Heads Lighthouse at Awhitu Peninsula.  Mum and Lisa had gone out shopping (they’re shopping ninjas and I just slow them down) so Dad and I jumped into the car and went for a drive down memory lane.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

Our first stop was the beach at the Awhitu Regional Park

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…totally calm and crystal clear waters.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…and rather cooling on a humid Auckland day!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

The beach was busy as Grand Central Station…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…we had to share it with this fella and he took up a lot of room…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…we gave him space as there was plenty of beach to share and so did the other family who were enjoying a day at Awhitu Regional Park!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

One of the best things about summer in New Zealand is that the coast line is covered in beautiful red flowers thanks to the Pohutukawa trees…they’re the New Zealand Christmas Tree as they start to flower in December if it’s warm enough…(you know how bloggers go crazy over spring time blossoms and peonies…well the Pohutukawa is just as special to Kiwis)…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…I was lucky to see them bloom before heading back to England…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…totally ready for a close up baby!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

Leaving the beach we went for a little wander along one of the paths back the car park…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…let’s all follow dad…then stop for a second to take a photo or ten…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…then take another twenty photos before passing go.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

At many of the Regional Parks dotted around Auckland they have these great big photo frames and there’s one at Awhitu Regional Park…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…so we took a few photos (not the most becoming photo of me…oh well…mum told me later that dad didn’t like my dress so I will dispose of it as the fashion police have spoken!)…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…and then I took a few pics of dad.  Kat had told me a few weeks prior that saying prunes gives you the perfect pout when taking a selfie…dad heard this and now with every photo dad says prunes…Kim Kardashian eat your trout pout selfie heart out, there’s a new kid in town and his name is Wayne!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

Jumping back into the car to head to the Manuka Heads Lighthouse, I forced dad to stop so I could take a photo of this…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…this is rural New Zealand at it’s best and really sums up New Zealand…fun, quirky and so so cute!

After a few hairy corners on the road out to the Manukau Heads Lighthouse (thankfully daddy is a fab driver), we made it…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…obviously to the lighthouse…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…I took to the stairs to get the best view in the house…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…and I wasn’t disappointed (you can see the Sky Tower but just not in my photo)

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…it’s a beauty!  New Zealand for me is hands down the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen…Scotland and Norway are close but New Zealand takes home the prize and I’m so lucky to call this great country my home.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

We have to all thank this wonderful lady for her help in getting the Manukau Heads Lighthouse restored…also we must find out if we’re related to her as well.  The Lighthouse is only one of handful that you can climb to the top of to admire the views so if you’re in Auckland make sure you don’t leave without visiting.  All they ask for is a donation…so make sure to leave a gold coin…don’t be stingy!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

You don’t need to climb the stairs of the lighthouse to get a beautiful photo…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…you can take photos on the viewing platform like daddy is modelling.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

With our tummies rumbling we decided to jump back in the car…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…I took a bit longer to get to the car due to taking a few photos…dad is rather patient (most of the time)…due to having to deal with three unruly women!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

We stopped off in Waiuku for a cuppa…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…and then went for a drive around the streets snooping.  Dad even showed me the house that his grandmother lived in…it was a rather lovely drive down memory lane.

I’m hoping that I’ve shown you a bit more of Auckland than the traditional snaps of Waiheke Island and Piha…they’re great but there is just so much more to Auckland than those two destinations (Auckland is huge!)…just like there is more to the South Island than that bloody Wanaka tree.

You can read all about my other New Zealand tiki tours here – Hunua Falls, Duder Regional Park, Hamilton Gardens, The Wintergardens at Auckland Domain, Piha and Muriwai Beach, Howick Historical Village and Cathedral Cove.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit Awhitu Regional Park which is a real hidden gem in Auckland. There's a golden sand beach and a lighthouse with views to die for...click on the link to see the view and for more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

xx

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While most of our tiki tours were in the Auckland region, we did do a nice little day trip from Auckland to Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel a few days after Christmas (yes I’m that far behind with blogging…yikes!).  Cathedral Cove had been our wish list for a number of months…mainly as it gets instagrammed the hell out of by most visitors to New Zealand so we decided to follow everyone else and visit.

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Our little drive to Hahei took around two hours (it depends a lot on traffic leaving Auckland and then slow pokes in general on the twisty roads in the Coromandel…let’s call them tourists!).  In Hahei, there’s an old fashioned bus at the park and ride (Kiwis will remember these buses from our school days…you will stick to the seats) which for a fee drops you at the start of the Cathedral Cove walk (you need to pay for this bus in cash).

We decided to walk the path to Cathedral Cove as that seems to be the rite of passage to visit…however there is a water taxi from Hahei Beach that takes you along the coast.  Walking was good…we were on day one of a sugar detox for three days so we were all slightly delirious anyway so a 30 minute walk wasn’t going to kill us…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…until you release you are walking up hills using ten toe gear as you’re in your birkenstocks or jandals…we did stop a few times to take a few photos along the path…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…as the view is just…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…bloody….

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…dreadful!  New Zealand is sooooo disgusting at times!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

^^^What goes up must go down at some point.  The path is easy to walk along and there are stairs at the very end but you could walk it in jandals (flip flops) with no issues…I did spot an Amazonian women walking it in a gold bikini, gold tattoos and bare feet…first thing that went through my mind…she’s so English (she opened her mouth which confirmed my suspicion)…secondly, ouch her feet…and thirdly, the Kiwi in me wanted to smother her in sunblock!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

There are a few look out points along the path where I spotted a few ladies pulling the old dame traveler pose; the back to the camera pose…you know the one, it’s in my instagram cliche post.  I must be getting old as I was so proud to see our World War One Memorial Forest…which wasn’t included in any of the tourist brochures…Kiwi’s have a very strong bond with our World War veterans especially when it comes to Gallipoli…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…the trees!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

Finally making it to Cathedral Cove with every Tom, Dick and Harry for every country in the world…beaches around Christmas time are extremely busy for obvious reasons…they’re bloody gorgeous and it’s super warm until a day or so before New Year’s when a cyclone washes away a number of camp sites (seriously why do people go camping at New Year’s in New Zealand…it always rains?!?)

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

^^^See every Tom, Dick and Harry….Cathedral Cove is seriously touristy now!

But we managed to get a few photos…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…without…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…every…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…tourist…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…visiting…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…New Zealand…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…in them!  You just have to tap your feet and give them death stares and eventually they will move (or just wait patiently *coughs* Kiwi’s aren’t that patient)…I joke…I only tapped my feet…while Dad politely asked a young boy to move as he was in his photo…I love my dad so much.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

It’s pretty easy to spot the tourists vs the locals…the tourists are the ones whom are red as lobsters…seriously only Miss Piggy looks good pink…a tip if visiting New Zealand, smother yourself in sunblock as you won’t get a great tan in New Zealand, you will only get sunburnt and then peel due to the hole in the ozone layer.

Cathedral Cove is a beautiful spot…and I would return but in winter when there will be less holidaymakers around.  I was told that it’s become a victim of it’s own tourism marketing success story…it’s now so touristy that the feeling that you’re finding a secret spot is no longer there…and it’s true.

Mum had sore little trotters so we cheated and took the water taxi back to Hahei Beach…unfortunately the queues were looooong and the taxi how to do three round trips before we managed to get on it…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…the queue (wouldn’t it be wonderful if all taxi queues came with a view like this!)

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…Dad and I were sent to sit in the shade (where he continued to be a ninja photographer)…Dad got diagnosed the year before last with melanoma but they caught it early however he had another skin cancer scare when I was home but got the all clear earlier this year (Dad has got satellite dishes for ears but the best legs in the family) and mum wanted us both out of the direct sun….I managed to smother Lisa and Mum in sunblock while they stood in the queue.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

^^I may have played in the sand while waiting!

After a rather long wait…it was almost an hour…we boarded the water taxi back to Hahei beach….Dad was at the front and holding onto his hat…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…once again the views by water taxi were stunning (if you walk or take the water taxi you will get to see the scenery that New Zealand is famous for!).

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

^^White Cliffs and Pohutukawa Trees!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

Coming into Hahei beach takes your breath away…seriously I do think New Zealand gives Australia a run for their money with it comes to which country has the best beaches.

If you’re going to use the water taxi to head to Cathedral Cove then just look for these flags to buy your ticket (you can go one way and pay when you return to Hahei Beach as well, like we did…they take card payments on the beach)…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…the water taxi…I may have gotten an unexpected fanny wash due to a large wave crashing into me…the reason why I always carry a spare pair of undies in my handbag!  Something you will learn to do when you’re in your thirties!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

I picked myself up some new sand shoes while at Hahei as well.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

I’m going to put it out there…I actually liked Hahei Beach more than Cathedral Cove…it just felt more like home…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

…with one final glance back at Hahei Beach; it’s always good to look back regardless of what those stupid inspiration quotes say…we jumped into the car and headed back to Auckland.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

Could you visit Cathedral Cove in a day from Auckland…totally!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

We did…take a picnic as there’s nothing at the cove to eat or drink; however if you have magical flat white abilities like Rebecca you may get lucky…but just remember that it’s no longer a secret…every Tom, Dick and Harry knows about the place now so expect crowds especially during the summer holidays.

My travel tips for Cathedral Cove is to remember to pack water, a picnic, sunblock and cash!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - A visit to Cathedral Cove New Zealand should be on everyones New Zealand Travel Bucket List especially for fans of Narnia. Pop on over to read about all the Travel Tips you will need for a perfect day in the Coromandel

If you have time…check out my other Tiki Tour New Zealand posts on Duder Regional Park, Hunua Falls, Howick Historical Village, Muriwai Beach & Piha, Hamilton Gardens and The Winter Gardens!

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xx

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We did a lot of tiki tours when I was home in New Zealand…including a visit to the beautiful Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain…and a rather slow drive by of my favourite building in the whole of New Zealand…the Auckland Museum.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

It’s pretty safe to say that we’re not the earliest of risers and when dad wants us all out of bed he generally starts up various power tools…or bounces on the bed asking if you want poached eggs on toast (gluten free vogels bread no less)…seriously good service in this little luxury hotel in South Auckland…I may have to pop back very soon.  So Mum, Lisa and I went for a little drive into the city on one of the hottest days of the year to venture inside a glass house…we’re smart ladies!

Parking was a breeze in the Domain and they were giving out free massages in the front of the Wintergardens

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

^^Only in crazy New Zealand!

The Wintergarden is made up of two large green houses and a beautiful courtyard so off we went and discovered the delights of the first glass house…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…full…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…of…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…beautiful…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…colourful…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…bouncy…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…flowers!

Mum and I had a little selfie moment and got seriously photobombed by sunflowers.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

^^Mum did I leave this top behind in New Zealand?  (easier to ask in a blog post as I will forget to ask on our skype call and I’m just checking that she reads my blog like she tells me she does…love setting a good mummy trap!)

Bouncing around the pretty pond that separates the two glasshouses…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…something caught my eye…pssttt…it wasn’t that bright shiny light either…we were visiting mid afternoon which isn’t good for photos I know…you need a crowbar to get me out of bed in the mornings…I’ve digressed…something caught my eye…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…a shady area with many a naked lady…I kept my clothes on just in case you were wondering…and so did mum and Lisa.

The second glasshouse is all a bit more tropical…and we had already broken a sweat in the first.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

As I was surrounded by nature, I felt the need to pull a yoga pose…okay it was only with my fingers…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…and then just a cheesy pose among the foliage.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

Lisa and I waited around the lily pads to catch a frog…mum has already kissed her prince charming…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…but it seemed that they had run out of frogs by mid afternoon so we didn’t get a wet smooch!

Is it wrong that I want a huge glass house like this now?

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

We popped into the very shady fernery which was a much welcome relief…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…after a while all the ferns started to look the same so Mum and Lisa posed nicely for me…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…let’s try again!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

We saw a couple of tuis but they seemed a bit wooden…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…okay one more of the ferns, you’re not escaping that easy!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

I managed to spot a Koru which is a unfurling silver fern frond and symbolises new life, growth, strength and peace…the silver fern is on the All Black jumpers

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

Walking back to Roberto (that’s Lisa’s black Fiat 500), I spotted the Sky Tower…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…and then we had our slow drive by of the Auckland Museum before it was time for Home James!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

The Wintergardens in Auckland Domain were established after World War I and is now a protected heritage site in New Zealand.  Entry is free and it’s a beautiful spot for a picnic and to laze under a flowering pohutukawa.

If you want to read about all our other Tiki Tours then there are a few including Duder Regional Park, Hamilton Gardens, Hunua Falls, Muriwai Beach and Piha and last but not least, Howick Historical Village.

Where’s your favourite spot in Auckland?

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit The Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, perfect if you're already planning a visit to the Auckland Museum as it's right next door.  Take a picnic and enjoy the views over Auckland Harbour from this beauty spot.  Click the link to read more travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

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On a hot summers day just a few days before Christmas, Mum and I took off on a little tiki tour to Howick Historical Village in the East of Auckland for a little wander and a history lesson…an old dog can learn new tricks or in this case a bit of history.

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The village consists of a number of cute cottages and takes you through Auckland’s colonial history; you may end up wanting to move into the Howick Historical village as it’s pretty darn cute!  To protect Auckland from possible attacks from the Maori’s or French (neither happened), the Governor sent retired soldiers from Britain to protect the area with the promise of free passage to New Zealand for themselves and family, a cottage and an acre of land.

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The Fencibles unfortunately didn’t get a cottage on arrival and lived in tents…not very luxurious at all

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…a room for two…

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…then things got slightly better…they moved out of their tents…

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…and moved into houses with shelving which I’m sure was a huge improvement…

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…but it did get a lot better when they started to build their little cottages…

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…so…

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…many…

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…cottages…

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…which you can snoop inside…

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…and mum and I are snooping ninjas…

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…I learnt from the best, didn’t I mama!

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I found the cottage of my dreams…but then mum staked a claim first by placing her bottom in the chair first…darn you instagram and needing to take a million photos of cute little cottages…

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…it even came with it’s own scarecrow in the garden…

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…I so wanted to move in!

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The General Store was just across the way so we popped in for some snacks…

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…but everything was out of date, go figure!

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We popped into church…

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…and then I made mummy go back to school where she played the naughty school girl sitting at the back of the classroom…

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…I loved everything about this classroom…

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…so much history.

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Walking around the Howick Historical Village is thirsty business so we popped into the pub but the service was non-existent…

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…just when you need a little drink!

Mum and I went for a wander around the gardens…snapping the bees feasting on the old fashioned roses (peonies eat your heart out…old fashioned roses are about to have a major comeback baby!)

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…a Christmas Candle tree…

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…a cheesey snap in between the roses…

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…and of course, we took an obligatory shoefie (next time I’m just packing Birkenstocks as I wore them everywhere in New Zealand!).

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Thinking that she liked the cute little cottage that I fell in love with, mum found a bigger and better property…

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…mum lists on her cv the following roles: a shopping ninja, a snooping ninja and a christmas ninja so she was right in her element with the christmas table setting…so much so that we went promptly home after our visit so mum could lay out the christmas table setting…

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…of course mum wanted the house and had already worked out how many christmas trees she would require to decorate the house during the festive period (mum had three last year!)

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^^Mum photobombing my photo…I come from a family of photo bombers…thanks Teresa for teaching them this skill!

Of course we had a little selfie moment (check out the scary selfie eyes)

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Popping upstairs we checked out the bedrooms to make sure mum was happy about the size…which she was…

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…and worked out that she would need a larger tree than this one at the top of the stairs…

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…popping back downstairs…

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…we had to check that the kitchen had a butlers pantry (mum’s next house will have a butlers pantry and a view of something…poor poor dad when all you hear is, it doesn’t have a butlers pantry…hehe, dad takes it all in his stride…well most of the time)…

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…happy to see that there was a butlers pantry, we thought about coming back when it got dark with a large truck and removing the whole house from the site but then santa wouldn’t stop off and deliver presents if we nicked a large house a few days prior to christmas now would he.

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Realising that we were rather thirsty we popped into the cafe inside the Howick Historical Village for a cup of tea for mummy and a lime milkshake for myself…and there were quite a few sweet and savoury gluten free options available at the cafe so you definitely won’t go hungry.

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^^No hands milkshake slurping action going on…mum was rather proud of me especially when I gave myself a milkshake moustache…and I don’t wear make up on holiday either hence why you can see my iron deficient panda eyes in all their glory.

The Howick Historical Village costs NZD15 per person to enter and you can learn more about the village by popping over to their website.

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You can read about my other Tiki Tour’s here including Duder Regional Park, Hunua Falls, Muriwai Beach and Piha, Hamilton Gardens and Wellington.

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xx

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