Golden Bay

Last weekend my partner and I had our two year anniversary. We meet while studying at The Photo School. Tom and I make a really good team, he is my biggest inspiration.

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He had this special necklace made for my anniversary gift. It is a piece of argillite (pakohe) which he found on our last trip to Resolution Bay in The Marlborough Sounds.

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To celebrate the occasion we were treated to two nights accommodation at a fabulous holiday home in Pohara Beach, Golden Bay. Although the weather wasn't sunny for the whole weekend, the scenery was beautiful. We took a drive around the bays, stopping in Tata Bay where the sand was literally golden, something I haven't seen before.

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The highlight of our trip was traveling to Wharariki Beach via the Labyrinth Rocks Park, Collingwood (where we purchased some incredible Rosy Glow Chocolate) and Cape Farewell.

Labyrinth Rocks Park

Labyrinth Rocks Park

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Cape Farewell lookout

Cape Farewell lookout

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Once we arrived at Wharariki Beach we spent about 4 hours exploring the caves, rocks and sand dunes. We stayed for sunset and walked back to the car in the dark.

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Kissing the monkey rock face..

Kissing the monkey rock face..

Salt and vinegar chips, cheese sandwiches, fruit and chocolate, the best picnic for two.

Salt and vinegar chips, cheese sandwiches, fruit and chocolate, the best picnic for two.

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Driving back from Wharariki Beach along the gravel road.

Driving back from Wharariki Beach along the gravel road.

We had an awesome weekend! On our way back to Nelson we made a detour to Kaiteriteri, another golden sand holiday destination. I definitely want to spend more time here some day.

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It's nice to see more of the South Island before we move back to Wellington in October. This trip reminded me that we are so lucky here in NZ! It truly is 'the life'...