04 February 2015

An Interesting Day

Auckland Anniversary Day was last Monday and it was a beautiful day here in NZ.
 Just right for a day out with my hubby.
 With a fully stocked chilly-bin off we went for trip up North of Auckland.

First stop was Warkworth, a wander round the shops and cafe's (Ginger's is our 'usual' cafe). Then we had a pleasant stroll along the waterside paths, watching the ducks and other water-birds, and children having fun and splashing about in the shallows.

After a picnic lunch we went Northwards again, and ended up at Wellsford for an ice cream break and window shopping.

Then we headed East on the Whangaripo Valley Road which took us to a lovely beach at Pakiri where we continued with another bit of the picnic from the chilly-bin.

From Pakiri Beach we followed the coast heading South to Matakana, and then back through Warkworth to the Motorway (Highway).

Our last stop was at Puhoi Pub for our evening meal. They do the most delicious fish 'n' chips, nice and crisp batter and chips (not the soggy stuff), and the fish is very flavorsome.

The Puhoi Pub has a large outdoor seating/eating area, and usually put on some form of entertainment. We were treated to a group playing music under a gazebo, and children playing game of bowls on the lawn.

A thoroughly relaxing way to end the day.


  1. I love the word 'chilly-bin' - I've never heard that before and it sounds SO much nicer than 'cooler' as it's called here.

  2. I agree with MA, "chilly-bin"!
    What a fun day you had!

  3. Your day was spent in one of our favourite spots!
    Ages since we've been up to Matakana and Morris and James, also Puhoi - gosh, now I think we might need to take the drive up from Auckland.