Friday, May 19, 2017


After going up to the Denniston Plateau we continued our journey to Karamea.  
We arrived there for a late lunch as the Denniston detor was not on the itinerary.  As there were no cafe's our lunch was supplied by the motel and comprised a selection of sandwiches with tea or coffee.  After this we headed to the start of the Heaphy track where we went across a swing bridge and did a loop walk at the start of the track. 

Monday, May 15, 2017


The 4th day of our holiday dawned fine.  We checked out of our hotel and went to the Coaltown Museum in Westport.  This was one of the best small museums that I have been to.  Having been to the Denniston Plateau the previous day made it even more interesting.  There was a simulated underground mine and different videos playing on life on the plateau.  We spent a while there and then headed for Karamea.

As it was such a good day and we were passing the road to the plateau a head count was taken as to who would like to go back up to see the plateau on a good day.  The ayes were well in the majority and so we headed back up to the plateau.  It was amazing the difference a day made as far as the view was concerned.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Food

I wanted a meal that was completely gluten free so that I didn't have to worry about what I could eat.  The ceremony was at the Alzheimer's building and Zoe, who cooks the meals for the clients, has just set up a catering company with a friend called A to Z catering.  Zoe trained as a chef here in Whangarei and then worked her way around the world cooking before returning to Whangarei and starting to work for Alzheimer's.

The meal was delicious.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

MR. & MRS.

The big day arrived.  A fine, sunny, day which meant we could have the ceremony outside. The meal was delicious and everyone enjoyed themselves - what more could we want.

Thursday, May 4, 2017


More on the South Island trip later but we picked up flowers today ready for The Big Day on Saturday.

Tomorrow afternoon we can set up the tables.  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

South Island Day 3 Afternoon

After going to Cape Foulwind we returned to Greymouth for lunch and then headed for the Denniston Plateau to see what remains of the old coal town of Denniston and learn of its history. See

There was a heavy mist (or low cloud) which made it quite eerie.  Many women stayed on the plateau as the only way down in the early years was in the coal wagons down the incline which in places was 1:1.25.

Friday, April 28, 2017

South Island Day 3

We seem to be so busy that finding time to sort through these photos has been hard.  Anyway, on our first morning at Westport we drove to the start of the Cape Foulwind walk to see the seals.  At this stage Cyclone Debbie was bearing down on New Zealand and, with the West Coast being notorious for its wet weather, we were expecting the worst.   Although it was windy with salt mist it was a pleasant walk.  Looking it up on google it looks as though it was just under 4 kms each way and was an easy track.  We walked on past the seal colony to Tauranga Bay car park where there was an enterprising lady with a mobile coffee shop selling not only coffee but tea, hot chocolate and light meals.

While enjoying our coffees we were joined by some Weka.