Summer holidays!

Our Summer holiday was a new adventure for our family this  year.  Normally, we head north to the warmth of the Bay of Plenty to visit family and camp up there.  As our planned renovations aren’t quite at the point we had hoped, and we didn’t need to be slogging it out at home, we decided at the last minute to join some friends in Puponga (at the base of Farewell Spit).  Our friends invited us to join them in camping on a piece of land owned by one of their family members.  On the land are many fruit trees, fields of long grass and some very basic facilities (read long drop and an out door shower).  As we are more your glamping type and prefer a facility where we can have daily hot showers etc,  we decided we could survive up to four days and would have a few days in motels afterwards.  We had a fantastic time despite the random assortment of weather and thoroughly enjoyed exploring a part of New Zealand, we are unfamiliar with. Here’s a little of what we saw along the way.


Raindrops on the river at Pelorus Bridge. We were in search of the hobbit!


Split Apple Rock – what a lovely spot?

Amazing windswept undulating west coast beach of Farewell Spit.


The obligatory “rotting” car – Every exceptionally rural piece of land seems to have one of these!

Can you spot the face in the rock?


The very basic facilities are hidden in there.

Makara Wind Farm from the top of the Marlborough Sounds


2 thoughts on “Summer holidays!

  1. Oh my, you have flooded me with memories. I used to work at the Pelorus Bridge tearoom every summer holidays for years. I also used to live in the Marlborough Sounds when I was a kid and we did correspondence school until I was 11. Thanks for making me smile today.

    • So glad, I have helped to bring back what sounds like some happy memories for you. I absolutely loved our time exploring and hope to get time to go back and see more some time in the future.

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