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Published: January 16th 2011
At Mount Maunganui
This is just the place for a holiday – oh – I forgot - I have been on hols for 3 months. What I mean is we ( Suzanne and I) are staying in a unit in a resort Sun Pacific Palms – which has all the amenities - pool, hot tub, bbqs , gym, mini golf etc etc and it is right across the road to the beach. Next to us is a lovely café/bar and in the main part of the town lots of lovely shops and restaurants coffee shops . All you could ask for. At the end of this long spit is the Mount and it looks very impressive, at one side is the beach and Bay of Plenty- must be the Pacific Ocean and the other side is the harbour and another beach where there is lots of windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing going on. Our unit is plenty big enough with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and a very big livingroom with another pulldown double bed – which is very handy because Jocelyne and Mac are coming to stay with me for a few days at the end of the week . They
are some of my last NZ trip swappers – now good friends- so that will be nice to meet up with them again.
I picked Suz up at Emma’s on Friday ( lovely to be with her again) and we made our way from Auckland- more lovely scenery on the way – there’s gold in them there hills somewhere around here. We got here about 7.30pm to find that the arrangements for getting us the key was none existent – no envelope with key taped to Reception door- OOOOPS!!! Several texts and phone calls leaving “help” messages ensued and we were just going to go to the bar next door and have a beer (that’s my NO WORRIES new philosophy telling) and the manager finally got back to us and got someone to find us a key. So we were in...and at least we weren’t standing in the dark in the freezing cold. So after throwing the bags into the apartment we went off to get our beer and a very nice meal.
Our first two days we have spent here being very chilled out – lots of sitting on the deck , reading , walking up and down the
beach – lots of kite surfing to watch, I have been swimming 10 lengths each day, exploring the shops , the Farmers market. I had a pedicure and it’s not a good idea to go walking on the beach just after you have had one – sand speckled toenails was not in the plan!! There is so much fruit and veg grown around here and lots of little stalls by the roadside- very cheap. We had a drive this afternoon further along this lovely bay…and came to Kiwi World ( the fruit not the bird) – so we had a little tour and learned lots about kiwi fruit..and it is the healthiest food in the world - lowers cholesterol, blood pressure and thins blood etc etc I must start eating one a day !! We loved the Giant Kiwi both of fruit and the bird as you will see in the photos.
So tomorrow we are off on a jaunt to the Coromandel Peninsula – we are going to take 2 days to drive it and I have booked us a cabin at a BBH hostel – was chatting to the guy when I phoned to book and he said
where do you live in England – when I said Eastbourne – he laughed and said he used to live in Upper Dicker ( that’s just up the road from me!!) What a small world!!
So that’s the first report from Mount Maunganui – hope you are not getting too fed up with photos of nice beaches and sunshine because here come more of them.
And don’t go admiring the agapanthus – because they are dangerous weeds- even though they look fantastic!!!
Bye for now
Lots of love
PS Patricia said I better get the bed count done so here it is - 20 beds to date!!!
PPS - Thanks to Suz for some of her photos.
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