Saturday, July 21, 2012

on being tourists

 we dipped our toes back into life as just the 7 of us for a few days this week at Kerikeri, Bay of Islands. we stayed at this friend-of-a-friend's house and we were warned that it was really old. but isn't 'really old' so charming? (even if there are gaps in the floor boards and the plumbing is a little dodgey!)
 we ate our breakfast at the waterfront in front of the Stone Store every day. then a coffee and a game of Happy Families at the cafe next door.
{icecream at Russell}
it took a good couple of days for the kids to settle back into playing ONLY with each other, and there wasn't much sleep happening, but boy did we suck our short trip dry. it is such a history-rich area.
{Treaty Grounds, Waitangi::Rewa's Village::Tane Mahuta}
we behaved shamelessly like tourists and to top our trip off, i finally made it to The Boatshed Cafe and met up with Stella and her delicious babies (next time, Stacey!). JR was a gem and played with the kids on the beach so i could have an uninterrupted natter. it was so cool to catch up again but wasn't nearly long enough...
her boy-babe with the brown eyes is heart-stopping in person...
and then there's this delightful lady...who was charming company and even helped me clean up my left-over bagel toppings while mum was distracted...hehe

i hope you've all had a lovely week. and i cannot recommend being tourists in your own country enough, try it! 
x

14 comments:

  1. Playing tourist is the best! We recently did a campervan trip, and the next one will have to be NZ I think, looks so incredibly beautiful :) lovely, lovely pictures. Sarah

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  2. good morning Dee! what a lovely old house, sounds like a gorgeous shortstay. much love x

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  3. Haha! Man that kid has a sweet toot.! These are lovely photos Dee, you've made me want to go and revisit the touristy spots round here. Sad that Stace couldn't join us too though... Something to look forward to for next time! x

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  4. So true - NZer's often don't realise the delights we have right here - I love the history and culture of the far north

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  5. This place look so nice! xxxxx

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  6. What a lovely place NZ is! I can't get over the size of that tree trunk. Monika.

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  7. super lovely post. love all the pics. such stunning corner of nz we live in. x

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  8. LOVE Northland - it is gorgeous!

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  9. So glad you had a great time touring my homeland! So sad we didn't get to catch up - but another time!! We were tourists in Hamilton this weekend and loved it!

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  10. Wow, I'm so enjoying your northern adventures... particularly this post as we will be walking in your shoes doing some of these very same things come January when hubby's mum and dad come to stay and we all go on a big road trip from Auckland to the Bay of Islands and around :-)

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  11. those family photos are fantastic. i hope none of you NZ natives take this scenery for granted, it's simply gorgeous!

    all you need is that "don't hassle me, i'm local" shirt from the movie What About Bob (oh please tell me you've seen it)

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  12. Amazing picture of the tree!!! Looks like some of the California Redwoods... but it's not red... Wonderful! The houses are great too... who says old is dull? Charming is the word! So which one did you stay in? Looks like a great place... and as far as I'm concerned... being a tourist is best in your own back yard!

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  13. Oops... I forgot to tell you... around here...
    (Utah, USA...) Russel's is the name of one of the ice cream companies. Just a touristy thing, you know.

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  14. glad you had a great time in our neck of the woods.
    I had the yummiest coffee at the Boat shed cafe when were visiting through that way a few years ago.

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