Returning Home

So it’s been about two weeks since we’ve last checked in… We’ve been enjoying our time catching up with family and friends in our home towns.

Kadin the florist

First off we made it to Kadin’s house in Tauranga. Here you can see Kadin in his parents plastic house where they grow beautiful alstroemeria flowers.

Only disappointment was that most of the many fruit trees in the orchard weren’t quite ready to be picked!

We enjoyed a full summers day at Mount Maunganui. Here we caught up with the newly weds from Adelaide who had chosen our fantastic country to spend their honeymoon. Our day at the Mount included some time at the iconic pink batch (pink house), taking a stroll around leisure island out to the blow hole and of course a mission to the top of the Mount for a spectacular view, followed by a well earned ice-cream from Copenhagen (a must do combo when visiting… hike and ice-cream). We also enjoyed a quick dip at pilot bay, dinner with some of Kadin’s friends from primary school and watching the sun set over the harbour…

On Sunday it was still super hot. Kadin’s brother and his fiance took us out to McClaren’s Fall to cool off…

On Monday we hit the road again and headed north. We took a small detour to visit Goat Island Marine Reserve. You can walk out on the rocks and usually see plenty of fish swimming in the clear water. However, the swell made it a bit difficult to see anything. But the coastal views were worth the drive…

After a full day driving we reached my parents beef farm in the Far North. We spent a few days enjoying farm life…

A highlight of visiting the farm is always going down to our river for a swim. As the weather continued to be amazing, we visited a couple of times and enjoyed the refreshing clear water. On one occasion we had to help move the stock on the way back from our swim. My mum thought this gave a whole new meaning to ‘lifestyle farming’…

We also spent several days at the family batch (beach house) in the heart of the Bay of Islands. We love staying in Tapeka because there are two beaches about 200 metres apart; a beautiful sandy beach which is perfect for swimming and rocky beach which is covered with shells and stones which are very therapeutic to look through.

Of course, being at the beach also means time for fishing. We had two great days fishing with perfect weather conditions. The first day resulted in 6 Snapper and the second day 11 Snapper for the dinner table. Of course there were other fish caught and returned (due to their size) the best being Kadin’s Kingfish which measured up 10cm too short. The Bay of Islands has more than 140 islands – so you can always have a beach to yourself. We enjoyed a picnic and swim on our own private beach. It’s a tough life…

On Saturday, the four of us; Mum, Dad, Kadin and I, hired eBikes from Opua to ride the coastal train track trail to Kawakawa and back (11kms)…

We had a great time catching up with many friends and family members (especially the free accommodation) before packing our bags today and heading back to Auckland, ready for our flight to Hawaii.

Have fun at work!



  1. Wow it looks amazing Gem…. Well done with the fishing. Excellent “SNAPPER”. can’t complain about that. New Zealand looks amazing and so does the farm. It looks like you have been eating really healthy. Fresh air and nature….can’t beat it. Have fun in Hawaii…Joyxx

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