It started with Lloyd and I heading down to Auckland to pick them up. After a day there - Chris and Lloyd went on a dental course - we headed up home again.
We've been having a bit of an Indian summer, but wow did Northland lay on some spectacular weather for us all.
On our first full day here we drove to Matai Bay - Chris and Dan had been here last time they were over and very much wanted to go back - there was a lot of splashing around in the sea and body surfing going on.
(yep, all those crowds on NZ beaches...)
By that time we'd got up a good appetite so drove down to the 'old favourite' of Mangonui to have some fish and chips for lunch. Yum as ever.
In the evening it was the ferry over to Russell and a nice wander around there, finished off with dinner then the ferry home again.
The next day we all needed a bit of a rest after all our gallivanting around Auckland and here - so we just hung around in the sun, lazing on the deck and having spas. Lloyd spent most of the time preparing an amazing meal.
Chris getting Lulah cuddles - Lulah ADORED Chris
In the evening we had a crowd of folk round for dinner. It was totally lovely. (with apologies to Simon who was caught in the act of stuffing his face!!)
We went over to the Hokianga - which is a real favourite place of Lloyd and I. Stopping off at The Copthorne for lunch and more swimming.
It is absolutely stunning here.
Chris jumping off the wharf - Dan had already gone
By last night we were all exhausted and stuffed - so had dinner of a lovely simple Thai Salad and all went to bed!
They left this morning to catch a plane back to Melbourne. It all passed far too quickly.
Till next time...