Cliff walks, cinema visits, craft fairs, city buskers, caching and more!
17.02.2013 27 °C
So what have we been up to in the last month.....? Lots!
We spent a sunny Saturday exploring Long Bay Reserve on Auckland's North Shore. We had been to the beach at Long Bay before but had since discovered that there was a cliff top walk and decided to check it out. The views were amazing along the walk and the fact there were about 16 geocaches along the path gave us an addded incentive. We found all the caches hidden along the track and a few unexpected things too - like a nudist beach with several men showing off their wares!!!!
We have had a couple of trips to the cinema - Life of Pi in 3D which was just magical and Sevon Psychopaths - a dark comedy, which had us laughing throughout - although I am sure it is not everybody's cup of tea.
Auckland's anniversary day meant there was lots going on in and around the city. We started off the day at Mission Bay for an Arts and Craft event. There were about 200 stalls by the beach with some lovely stuff for sale. Whilst we were there, there was an air show over Auckland so we got to see lots of formation flying and stunts.
Next we headed into the city centre as we had heard that there was a Buskers Festival. We had an enjoyable afternoon watching a very funny girl do a hula hooping routine with lots of audience participation. She was hilarious and her hat was stuffed with money at the end of her session.
Afterwards we watched a talented juggler - his finale was to throw a bowling ball up into the air and catch it on the bridge of his nose!
We finished the day with a wander around the viaduct, watching the dragon boat racing.
I have now been back at school for 3 weeks - this is my first ever 12 week term. The saving grace is that we get a long Easter Weekend break in the middle of it and that Gerald and I have booked a holiday to Vanuatu when I finally break up for the school hols!
After just a week back at school we did have a Wednesday off for Waitangi Day - we made the most of what Auckland was offering by heading West for a free Sola Rosa & Tahuna Breaks gigs in the park. The weather was just perfect and we caught up with Gerald's cousin Tim whilst we were there as he lives close by. Gerald and I also ended up getting filmed for a bit of research on backpacking. The bloke who was involved in the film Sione's Wedding is now making a new film based on a backpacking theme and they are looking for stories to inspire them. If they like your story and use it in the film you get credited at the end and get a free copy of the film. Gerald and I spent a good while sharing some of our more memorable events from our big trip around South East Asia!
This weekend we had a trip to the theatre on saturday night. We went to see one of the Auckland Fringe Festival acts that are on over the next month or so. We saw Vivacious Vaudeville - a night of comedy in the form of singing, magic and burlesque. It was a very amusing night!
On Sunday we got the ferry over to Motuihe Island. The day started fantastically as not one but two pods of Orcas popped up by the boat. Unfortunately by the time I got my camera out and turned on they were too far away to get a decent photo. We arrived at the island soon after 10am and headed straight off to find the four geocaches hidden on the island. We had all four of them within 2 hours and by that time the sun was starting to come out in full force. We headed to the beach for lunch and spent the rest of the day admiring the views and soaking up the sun rays. The island is a little more developed than nearby Rangitoto and you can camp there over night. It has proper toilets and showers and it even has a little shop selling ice creams! Ocean Beach seems very popular - many people anchored their boats just offshore and swam, kayaked or jet boated to shore.
That pretty much gets up up to date.....