Tom and I recently went away on holiday up north. We left Wellington once I finished work, unfortunately hit lots of traffic but finally made it home to my parents place in South Taranaki just after sunset.
The next morning we set off early and made our way up the West Coast to Auckland, Browns Bay. Here we stayed the night and in the morning we were off to Tutukaka for our friends wedding (invited as guests not photographers).
We made sure we left with plenty of time, however were unlucky to hit stand still traffic on the highway. Eventually we decided to turn around and take an alternative route in order to make it to the wedding on time. This alternative route took us right along the East Coast of Northland past beautiful beaches that looked like a scene on the back of a post card. At this point we were starting to panic about missing the wedding so there was no time to stop and take photos! We arrived in Tutukaka with 15 minutes to spare, we got changed in the car park and made our way to where everyone was seated. We spent the night in Tutukaka celebrating with friends.
The next morning was another early start as we needed to get back to Auckland for a joint birthday party, Monny's 21st and her daughter Riley's 1st birthday. Take a look at the photos from their party.
Riley is growing up so fast! Next time I see her she will most likely be walking! Take a look at my images of her at 9 months old here.
We then needed to make our way back down the island so we left Auckland the next day and drove to Hamilton to stay with friends. The first thing we did when we arrived in Hamilton was go for a swim. This was the first time that it felt like we had actually stopped to relax on this holiday. We spent the night watching a cheesy/trashy film and eating pizza with our friends. All in a days work!
We decided that we needed an extra night away before driving home so after leaving Hamilton we stopped off in Motuoapa near Taupo. Swimming in Lake Taupo on that hot summers day was the best thing we did. I've never felt so relaxed in my life!
After a good nights sleep it was then time to travel home, continuing on State Highway 1.
So it didn't quite finish there.. we did make one last stop in Paekakariki. The beach was too inviting.
I worked out that during these 6 days we traveled a total of over 1800kms, 22 hours worth of driving! Big congratulations to my old car Carina!
In conclusion, Tom and I had a lovely time away. It's always a pleasure seeing old friends and visiting the place where I have so many great memories. Congratulations to Patrycja and Cam on their marriage and happy Birthday to my friends! Thank you for inviting us along to your special occasions, we are so glad to have been a part of it.