NZ2012 – 4th Jan – Heading North

***Reminder – This text was written back in 2012, at the time of the trip. Adding to Blog today!!***

1pm ———- Almost halfway to Paihia.

Stopped at a little place called Mangawhai. The first part of the drive was wet. Really wet. Heavy rain, wipers on full. The last half not so bad……. There was a toll on the main number 1 motorway. Had to pay with coins at a service station. Massive queue, took 15 mins. Suzanne was waiting in the car. I think she thought I’d done a runner to sunnier places!!

Had lunch at a nice little place called Smashed Pipi, a bit Spanishy, but nice simple food. Visited the local beach for an hour or so, took some snaps, then hit the road for a 90 min drive north to Paihia………..

5pm ———- After driving through some wonderful scenery, We found our motel. Very basic, not as nice as the Auckland one, but ok for us for a couple of nights. There was a bottle of champagne on the table for us, so a nice touch. Going for a walk now, down to the beach to see the local area.?…

Booked in for dinner at a restaurant right on the seafront called 35 Degrees South. Big portions, good service. Had a table looking right out over the bay…..

Home at about 10ish for an early night as we had a coach to catch tomorrow at 7am.

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