A little bit of Coromandel and lots of Christmas spirit
It doesn’t always take a long break or a visit to distant shores to recharge your batteries.
For me it took two nights away in the Kiwi Blog Bus this weekend with a little shopping, lots of food, a Santa parade and lots of doing nothing in the shade of a pohutakawa tree.
We had some business to do in Paeroa so stayed overnight on Friday in our usual free spot (which I wrote about back in January – click here to read).
Meaning that after a spot of shopping on Saturday morning (and filling the cupboards with lots of goodies) we were able to get up to Thames in time to park in another of our favourite free spots (Danby Park) which we were pleased to see has now had more space devoted to campervan overnight parking.
The 10-yr-old was delighted to discover we’d arrived in Thames on the same day they were having their Santa Parade!
I will just share a few pictures with you – I’m not sure if you’ve experienced a New Zealand Santa Parade before… they are something else altogether!
On Sunday, the weather truly turned glorious and we decided to head up the coast road to find a suitable spot for lunch, rest & relaxation.
We didn’t have to travel far, just about 15/20 mins North of Thames to Waiomu Bay, one of the many beautiful pohutakawa clad bays on the coastal road.
Pohutakawas are evergreen trees mostly seen around the coast in New Zealand; due to the crimson red flowers in abundant bloom in December – they have become known as the New Zealand Christmas Tree.
I will leave you with some pictures from our relaxing spot at Waiomu Bay.
The 10-yr-old paddled in warm waters, played with driftwood and discovered “gold” when she broke some rocks in half.
The adults dined, drank, relaxed and recharged.
Just over two weeks until Christmas and I’ve never been so relaxed about it! Cheers!