Thursday, April 24, 2014

March 2014 - Ammie's Visit

This is the giant post/photo upload which has caused me falling so far behind with blogging in recent weeks and months.

So, on March 3rd Ammie landed.

And in as chronological an order as I can manage ...

Took her to the beach to meet the neighbours.

We had an afternoon our with one of the Natural Learners groups at one of the DOC parks.

We went to the waterfront and watched some Dragon Boat racing and hired out one of the four person cycle car things.

We road tripped up to Taupo.

With a fair few stops en route, especially as Harry was with us.

Lake Taupo is one of the major holiday destinations for Kiwis, and is a very active volcanic region.  The lake (which is the size of Singapore) is an old volcano crater and there are three main volcanic peaks in close proximity.

Went to Huka Falls.

Visited the 'Craters of the Moon'.


Watched the sun set over the lake.

Took a dip in a volcanically heated natural spa pool.

Took a drive up Mount Ruapehu, and saw what will become the ski field in a few months time.

Stopped in Bulls.  You see what they did there!?

And stopped at the same beach (Foxton) on the way home.

We took Ammie to Wellington Zoo.

Had an spur of the moment lunch on the beach.

Made Tash a cake.

Took Ammie to the snorkelling trail at Island bay.

And found her a plate of Oysters at Chocolate Fish Cafe.

And before she left we made her have the kids for a couple of hours so I could take Tash fishing.

There was also lots of food eaten, drinks drunk, beaches visited, shops shopped, viewpoints viewed, museums visited and I suspect much more.

All three hundred and something photos can be found here

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