My Life in New Zealand

Category: North Island

Raven Moon Magic

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Anyone who knows me well knows I like little things…little felt animals, little ceramics, little painting, literally anything itty bitty. So the other day when I was looking through a New Zealand Life and Style Magazine and I stumbled upon Raven Moon Magic, I actually squealed with happiness. The artist lives with her family in Pukenui, in the far north of the North Island. I hope one day to make it to one of her farmers markets that she puts on with her neighbors in the summertime!

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I live in Pukenui in the Far North

An Abandoned House

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On our last evening in the country side we decided to go for a stroll around the property. We were told of an abandoned house up the hill and we set out to explore.

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A Bicycle Made For Two

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The Wairarapa is known for wonderful wines and beautiful vineyards. After spending time exploring the wineries of Hawkes Bay, we decided to do something a little different and rent a tandem bike to explore the vineyards for the day! We made it to 5 wineries before the rain rolled in and we were forced to turn our helmets over. It was a beautiful day filled with lots of pedals and tasty wine tastings.

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A Lazy Day in the Martinborough Vines

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Our holiday was filled with tons of relaxing moments- and I would say our day spend amongst the vines at Martinborough Vineyards was by far one of the most laid back and enjoyable moments! After waking up in the bach and making a big ole breakfast we headed into town and walked to the vineyard. We grabbed a bottle of wine and took our books, music, and towels and enjoyed laying in the sun under the growing grapes.

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The Bach in Martinborough

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I love how Kiwi’s call their vacation homes “the bach”.  It makes the homes sound so relaxing and inviting. The Clark family has a sweet little bach located an hours drive from Wellington, in Martinborough, which is part of the Wairarapa. We spent a few days here before heading back to the city, and found ourselves sleeping in, reading lots of books, playing card and dice games, and making tons of yummy meals- including the Kiwi big breakfast: eggs, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon, sausages, and toasted breads.

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Hawkes Bay Wineries: Day 2

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On our last day in the Hawkes Bay region we decided to stop by 2 major wineries before leaving town: Mission Estate and Church Road. These wineries are very well known in the area as being 2 of the oldest vineyards in New Zealand. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed sitting outside, sipping on wine, and soaking in the last bit of sunshine in Hawkes Bay.

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Strawberry Picking in Havelock North

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On our way to the breakfront in Napier, we came across a farmers market and strawberry patch! We decided to make a pit stop and pick our own strawberries to eat on the beach. I haven’t been to a strawberry patch in such a long time, it was such a refreshing blast from the past to take my pail and pick among the rows and rows of strawberries….well I should say picking and eating!

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Black Barn Vineyards OpenAir Theatre

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After spending the afternoon at Black Barn, just outside of Hastings, in Hawkes Bay, we decided it was a necessity to come back that evening for their open air theatre snuggled in the vines. We hurried home to our motel room, grabbed a blanket, and hit the road back to Black Barn for an awesome evening under the starts enjoying the NZ Winter Film Festival.

The amphitheatre in located in the foothills of Te Mata Peak was built for performances and has quickly gained a reputation as one of New Zealand’s finest out-door venues. It has great acoustics, good sight lines, the best of technology installed and views to die for. Moviegoers can relax back on grassed terraces, sip a glass of wine, nibble on snacks from the in-house caterers or bring a picnic of their own to share with friends.

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Hawkes Bay Wineries: Day 1

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One of the main reasons people visit the Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand is for the wine! This area is the oldest wine region in NZ and the 2nd largest, they are also NZ’s leading producer of red wines.

On day 1 of wine tasting in Hawkes Bay we made it to Elephant Bay, Clearview, Craggy Mountain, Te Mata, and Black Barn. We had the best time tasting wine, trying little snacks, and rating our favourites. Have you heard of these wines before??

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The Napier Port

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Being a costal town, Napier has a large port area located on on Breakwater Road. We took a drive to check out what the port was all about, we were extra intrigued since there was a big cruise ship in town! It was such a special little place. I would love to go back in the sunshine to sit outside with a big plate of fish+chips and watch the boats come in and out of the port. To next time!

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