(A non-quilty post.)
Dairy farmers are notorious for having their holidays in the wintertime.....it's when the cows are dry (not being milked) and it's generally an easier time to leave the farm and stock in someone else's hands.
My dairy farmer is notorious for not having a decent holiday, be it winter or summer. The odd weekend away here and there is all he's had for Years.
However, recently we managed a whole six nights away. In spite of some wet days and cooler temperatures it was lovely and a much needed break.
When we get away we like to head for a coast. For a weekend away we stay in Northland but this time we ventured south and visited a few different places.
(I didn't take a lot of photos while we were away, just enough to show where we went!)
Matakohe Museum. The Northland region has a rich history of the Kauri tree - gum digging, swamp kauri, and felling all being important industries in the past. These days the Kauri forests are protected and treasured. This museum is very big and one of the best, I reckon, with plenty to see. It was a good way to while away a few wet hours.
None of my photos show it, but there were some life sized busts carved from the Kauri gum. Fascinating. We're always looking out for gum on our property - the photo below shows the biggest pieces we have found so far —Gumdiggers Park in the Far North [my photo *here*]. That was also a very interesting place.
We stayed at Muriwai. The rain cleared for us to enjoy a nice evening walk on the beach (a lot of the west coast beaches have volcanically formed black sand).
Thames/Coromandel, across the island on the other coast was another stopping point. We always enjoy walking along the main street of Thames and checking out the shops.
We drove up the coast to Coromandel. Being winter time there wasn't a lot happening but we enjoyed a nice lunch and explored some bays.
We also stayed at Taupo for a couple of nights. The region is well known for its geothermal activity. We had hot water pouring into the lake just outside where we stayed. Underfloor heating and the hotel pool also used the geothermal water.
I could put my hand in the water - but not for long!
The most energetic part of our holiday was a long bike ride 'around the lake' (as NZ's largest lake going around the whole lake wasn't an option!!).
It started to rain just as we finished the ride so we timed it well.
We had decided we needed a holiday where we rested and went at our own pace. It's been a busy time on the farm and we had both been crook the week before our holiday. However there was no avoiding people when we got to Mum's for our last night at Papamoa! It was nice to see my sister and aunties/etc for a lovely shared meal.
And so ended our holiday. Mum came up north with us for a week. A good chance for her to see her grandies and great-grandies. Whoops no photos so a quick (unsuccessful) selfie at the airport before she left was in order!
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'til next time