Some sea gulls hanging around for any leftovers.
Then we headed up to Waipu - 110km up the coast. Before we left this morning we had already done 1,800km. We have been on holiday for 2 weeks and have another week to go. :-)
I include this map for those who immediately ask "how far North did you get?" So no - we did not get as far as Whangarei. But I think we have gotten to see a lot more of the North Island than many New Zealands have.
We spent two nights in this Christian Retreat. What a blessing that this home has been made available for people to use - for FREE. It was like a little holiday within our holiday - just the family.
The retreat is not on the beach but the view from the house was beautiful.
After we had unpacked we headed down to the beach for a picnic tea. Again we were blessed with a wonderfully clear and warm day.
Nothing like loads of time at the sea to make wonderful memories for the children.
So picturesque. It was just stunning.
I showed the girls how I used to decorate my sandcastles with wet sand dripped onto the top. We also collected shells from each beach we visited and each ones had their own special ones.They were having a bit of a hard time with this one so Dad ran down to give them a hand.
We have had such an amazing day.