A little over a month to go before my first trip home to New Zealand in 3 years! I am SO EXCITED and thought it time to share these photographs from my last batch of processing of my trip home in 2013. Man I crammed loads into that trip.

 

New Zealand, 2013

 

Good local signs.

 

New Zealand, 2013

 

New Zealand, 2013

 

New Zealand, 2013

 

New Zealand, 2013

 

New Zealand, 2013

 

A day out at Piha Beach. If we are talking West Auckland beaches I am traditionally more of a Kare Kare girl (Its quieter and I spent pretty much every day in the Summer of 2000-2001 on that beach, painting, getting caught in rip tides and burning my feet on the black sand.) but Piha was quiet as on this visit and I enjoyed it v much. PS Bethells is also nice, but this is not a blog where I rank my favourite West Auckland beaches. But if it was Muriwai would probably be number 5 on the list, its overpopulated and it will always remind me of school camp but there ARE Gannets. Can you tell how excited I am about going home? I’m really excited. Feel free to rank your favourite West Auckland beaches in the comments section below.

 

New Zealand, 2013

 

New Zealand, 2013

 

New Zealand, 2013

 

New Zealand, 2013

 

New Zealand, 2013

 

New Zealand, 2013

 

Drinks in a secret penthouse location with a friend. We watched Rear Window on the roof terrace, overlooking the harbour. It was incredible. Would live again.

 

New Zealand, 2013

 

I spent a lot of time on this trip wandering around Auckland by myself, something I hadn’t done since I lived there in 2003. Noticing little details, enjoying things like dairies and melty icecream.

 

New Zealand, 2013

 

New Zealand, 2013

 

And my brother let my nice English friends who strategically planned a visit at the same time as me (man that was good) to visit shoot his gun, which they bloody loved.

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