Last week (September 23-29) was the first is the post-tourist period, and the start of us looking to put down some roots.
On Tuesday we took a bus-train-bus journey up to Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast. It's long been an area we've liked the look of and it was great to finally get there and walk along the beach, even if the weather wasn't amazing. Kapiti might be where we call home one day, but I'm not sure if Paraparaumu will be the town, and I think we've decided we want to be in a 'burb around Welly right now.
So on Weds, with the rain falling, we took a wander to Seatoun which is our closest stretch of coastline. I'd walked there the week before and wanted to show Tash the area. It's a lovely place, but I suspect will prove to be out of our price range.
And so on Thursday (and then Saturday for an open home viewing) we caught the two buses to take us round to Island Bay. It must take close to an hour via foot and public transport but it would only be a 15 minute drive if we had wheels. We really like it there, a good family feel to it and a gorgeous bay. The only downside is its part of the protected marine reserve area which means you can't fish from it's shores.
So we're now primarily looking at Island Bay and here at Miramar for our place to call home. We've got lucky a Miramar, its a great area and as one of the few two storey buildings we get some amazing sunsets!