Marlborough Sounds Cruise

Marlborough Sounds …. let’s say it again Marlborough Sounds. Simply perfection! On our Easter Weekend roadtrip we spent two days in the Sounds and it was such a relaxing change from the rental car. We headed off into the sounds via a water taxi and made our way (three hours!) to Punga Cove Lodge.

Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds

The Bay of Islands

I love the Bay of Islands – so much, so so much! I grew up a beach girl and have always had a place in my heart for the ocean so escaping the mountains and lakes and swapping them for the beaches and ocean over Christmas last year was the perfect way to spend by 10 day holiday! After spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Pahia, we hopped on board the Freewind and spent over 24 hours aboard a private sailboat – heavenly!

The Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands

Urupukapuka Island

Nothing, in my mind, is better than camping out on the beach, and a beach in the Bay of Islands New Zealand at that! After our overnight sailing trip we headed on a water taxi to Urupukapuka Island where we hitched the tent and spend the afternoon walking around the little island before making cheese quesadillas and playing games in the tent during the early evening storm!

Urupukapuka Island
Urupukapuka Island
Urupukapuka Island
Urupukapuka Island
Urupukapuka Island
Urupukapuka Island
Urupukapuka Island
Urupukapuka Island
Urupukapuka Island
Urupukapuka Island
Urupukapuka Island

The Coromandel

We hit The Coromandel after Northland on our big summer holiday and I was blown away by the calming nature and sunny skies! The first half of our holiday was spent exploring, exploring, and doing more exploring, but for the second half we stopped to take a breath and just enjoyed sitting and swimming at the beach.

The Coromandel
The Coromandel
The Coromandel
The Coromandel
The Coromandel
The Coromandel
The Coromandel
The Coromandel