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…

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…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…

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…as the view is just…

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…bloody….

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…dreadful!  New Zealand is sooooo disgusting at times!

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^^^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!

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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…

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…the trees!

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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?!?)

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

But we managed to get a few photos…

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…without…

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…every…

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…tourist…

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…visiting…

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…New Zealand…

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…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.

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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…

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

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…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.

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^^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…

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…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!).

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^^White Cliffs and Pohutukawa Trees!

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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)…

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…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!

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

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

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…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.

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

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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!

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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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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.

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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…

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…of…

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…beautiful…

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…colourful…

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…bouncy…

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…flowers!

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

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^^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…

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…and then just a cheesy pose among the foliage.

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

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…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?

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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…

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…let’s try again!

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

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

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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

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

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

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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?

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I love Ice Cream…seriously I love it a lot…for me, New Zealand has the best ice cream flavours in the world…forget Italy…New Zealand is the only place you can get Jelly Tip Ice Cream, Goodie Goodie Gum Drop, Hokey Pokey (or as per the old joke – Hope He Pokes Me) and Orange Chocolate Chip.  So I thought I would do a little round up of my favourite places to scoff Ice Cream in Auckland.

Let’s start with the big kahuna…the jumbo ice cream at Pokeno…now Pokeno is on the Bombay Hills so if you’re heading south from Auckland make sure you do a detour and buy yourself a jumbo ice cream…that would be a 12 scooper!  Now not to be a Miss Piggy, I did share…it took 5 of us to eat it.  Now if you think you can take on a 12 scooper and more, apparently there is a 15 scooper in Pokeno as well…just make sure your eyes aren’t bigger than your belly.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - The Best Places to Scoff Ice Cream in Auckland, New Zealand from the city centre to the south of Auckland. Looking for instagram worthy ice creams then here are my ice cream travel tips...and there's even a gluten free ice cream cone! Who said gluten free food had to be boring!

^^I love the look on her face!  I can just imagine what she’s thinking!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - The Best Places to Scoff Ice Cream in Auckland, New Zealand from the city centre to the south of Auckland. Looking for instagram worthy ice creams then here are my ice cream travel tips...and there's even a gluten free ice cream cone! Who said gluten free food had to be boring!

There was a point when I thought they might have to close the main street of Pokeno due to an ice cream spill…the lovely folks at the shop give you a container and spoons as that cone can’t handle the jandal and breaks under the pressure.  Unfortunately they don’t do gluten free cones so you will have to ask for a container.  There are two ice cream shops next to each other – when looking at them, pick the one on the right.

Giapo in Queen Street, Auckland has to be the poshest ice cream joint in town or to quote their website “haute ice cream”…anyone who is anyone on instagram comes here to instagram the crap out of their ice cream including me!  They even have a little bit of fancy green stuff to hold your ice cream against as a back drop…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - The Best Places to Scoff Ice Cream in Auckland, New Zealand from the city centre to the south of Auckland. Looking for instagram worthy ice creams then here are my ice cream travel tips...and there's even a gluten free ice cream cone! Who said gluten free food had to be boring!

…my ice cream I felt was a little lack lustre and not really instagram worthy!  Check out the website for their wicked designs. Giapo ice cream prices will make your eyes water however if you’re only going to do it once…well it’s worth it…well until you get covered in bloody dust from your ice cream on a windy day in Auckland.  Giapo also have gluten free cones!

Another local gem in South Auckland for ice cream is the Strawberry Corner in Admore where they make real strawberry ice cream and it’s pretty darn tasty…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - The Best Places to Scoff Ice Cream in Auckland, New Zealand from the city centre to the south of Auckland. Looking for instagram worthy ice creams then here are my ice cream travel tips...and there's even a gluten free ice cream cone! Who said gluten free food had to be boring!

…and don’t get me started about the strawberries…this place is crazy on Christmas Eve and you need to get there super early for strawberries before they sell out…you will have no time to put on make up or dry your hair but totally worth it!  And male sure you get a photo of you hugging the giant strawberry; instagram gold!  Unfortunately they don’t do gluten free cones so you will have to ask for a container.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - The Best Places to Scoff Ice Cream in Auckland, New Zealand from the city centre to the south of Auckland. Looking for instagram worthy ice creams then here are my ice cream travel tips...and there's even a gluten free ice cream cone! Who said gluten free food had to be boring!

One place we didn’t get to visit was The Diary…so here is a pic from the Visit Auckland Instagram page…next time I’m home, I’m coming for you!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - The Best Places to Scoff Ice Cream in Auckland, New Zealand from the city centre to the south of Auckland. Looking for instagram worthy ice creams then here are my ice cream travel tips...and there's even a gluten free ice cream cone! Who said gluten free food had to be boring!

Where’s your favourite place to have ice cream in Auckland or anywhere in the whole wide world?

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - The Best Places to Scoff Ice Cream in Auckland, New Zealand from the city centre to the south of Auckland. Looking for instagram worthy ice creams then here are my ice cream travel tips...and there's even a gluten free ice cream cone! Who said gluten free food had to be boring!

 

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I think it’s safe to say that we did quite a few Tiki Tours (Duder Regional Park and Hunua Falls) when I was home in New Zealand including visiting Muriwai Beach and Piha for the very first time…yes this Aucklander had never ever visited Piha before…actually none of us had so we thought we better check it out as it’s one of those destinations that is splattered all over instagram like no ones business and we wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

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After dad had a minor nip and tuck in the morning, we jumped in the car for a drive out to West Auckland…we live in South Auckland and promptly got caught in Auckland traffic…as you do!

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We weren’t stuck for too long and made it to Muriwai Beach…it’s pretty gorgeous don’t you think….it’s a black sand beach…

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…but we came to perve on some birds…you could smell them before you could see them…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…Gannets!

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And I mean a lot of smelly gannets!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

As much as I’m afraid of birds, it did all look rather beautiful and romantic…crashing waves, black sand and ummm birds.  I should point out that I do really enjoy eating roast chicken so I’m not afraid of all birds…thought I should clear that up.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

^^If you look really close you can see a crazy man fishing

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

^^For those of you that need to visit spec savers!

The views over Muriwai Beach from the Gannet Colony are spectacular…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…ahhh New Zealand you are something quite special.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

In typical Auckland fashion, the weather decided to turn…for those thinking of visiting New Zealand in December…it can be summed up by the Crowded House hit, Four Seasons in One Day…from blue skies…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…to oh crap, I didn’t bring my thermals with me!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

Okay thermals probably weren’t needed but on a West Auckland surf beach, well you need something to protect yourself from the chilly willy wind.

We left the gannet colony and headed around a little further to Muriwai Beach…where we made sure we took a photo between the flags….

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…seriously it’s December…which fool goes swimming at a beach in December in New Zealand…apart from a lot of bloody crazy tourists that generally look like Miss Piggy as they didn’t apply suncream.

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

^^Why hello Mr Lifeguard!

Feeling slightly peckish, we stopped and purchased some rather over priced hot chips from the Muriwai Cafe…seriously the place is way over priced…think London prices then add more.  We pigged out on the chips as we drove around the coast to Piha…I will apologise now if you see Pita come up in this blog post…I do actually mean Piha however my computer is auto correcting.

So Piha is split between North Piha and South Piha…who knew!?!  So we ended up at South Piha first…it was starting to rain…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…told you typical Auckland weather…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…it was a perfect day for surfing…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…or taking a million and one photos of Lion Rock…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…and some footprints snaps in the black sand which is a real pain in the bum trying to remove from your feet!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

^^case in point

We then drove around to the North Piha side…Lion Rock separates the two and you can climb it however we didn’t…it was wet and windy and dad was acting like a hand brake about his ear hurting…honestly he had a bit of ear removed and then he didn’t think he could climb a huge rock (I jest…he was rather well behaved in the circumstances especially when he had three moaning myrtles in the car with him or to quote my dad…you’re moaning more than a Parisian hooker on a Friday night…shall we just stick with the moaning myrtles).

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

I much preferred the North Piha side…it’s probably the more famous of the two…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…I guess South Piha could be called the ugly sister really!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

^^^That giant rock on the right looks like a big erect <insert word here>…you know the word I’m talking about but with a kink in it!

Of course we took a million and one photos…(thanks Lisa for the photo)…Dad and I in the zone…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…while Lisa photobombed my photo wearing her gangster Alannah Hill hoodie!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

Yes Piha, you’re a beauty…

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

…wild and wonderful!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

And then when I thought things couldn’t get more wonderful…I spotted this letterbox…only in New Zealand!

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

So where is your favourite spot in New Zealand?  Have I tempted you to book a flight to Auckland yet?

New Zealand Travel Inspiration - Looking for things to do in Auckland City then why not visit the super popular Auckland West Coast beaches including Muriwai Beach with it's Gannet Colony and Piha Beach which is perfect for surfing!  These two destinations should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.  Click on the link to see more photos and travel tips for Auckland, New Zealand.

xx

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