at Ohope Beach,
Bay of PLenty,
Hobbiton Movie Set…
Auckland Harbour Bridge.
An old bridge between Rotorua and Whakatane.
Because all of our travels over recent years have been so ‘organised’
we decided that the pre-wedding road trip was to be a relaxing venture.
No more than two or three hours driving each day.
We booked accommodation in six different towns/cities
and from there it was whichever way the wind blew!
Auckland, Waitomo, Taupo, Rotorua, Whakatane, Matamata and back to Auckland. Consequently locals were only too happy to direct us to some
of the rarer sites of New Zealand.
Mentioning that we were going to Whakatane
drew several comments urging us on to Ohope Beach,
near the most southern part of the Bay of Plenty.
A beautiful stretch of coastline which, I am sure,
would be jam-packed with beachgoers
and tourists in the warmer months.
No-one appeared to be concerned about White Island,
an active volcano, on the horizon.
we also decided to visit seeing as we were nearby.
A late entry for From the Car however,
with MGW riding shotgun for two weeks
we were able to capture a few images which
otherwise may havev slipped by.
Somewhere between Rotorua and Whakatane
Pampas Grass is a weed in Australia although many gardens contains it.
However, weed or not, the pampas flowers on this hillside did look pretty.