Visiting rellies in Golden Bay

Trip Start Sep 19, 2009
Trip End May 19, 2010

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Ligar Bay

Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Friday, March 19, 2010

Having successfully found my cousin Susie, we met her children, Barney and Thomas, enthusiastic 11 year old twins. We watched Thomas take part in a few races, before venturing to the local pub for a beer (and a few games of connect four), and then returning just in time for prize giving. We eventually headed on to Ligar bay, our "home" for the next two nights, parking Polly in the field behind the house (sorry Polly!). We met the black sheep of the family (literally) and their three lovely cats, before Susie gave us a tour of the home. The front of the house is one huge glass door, opening out onto a deck (with deckchairs) with the beach in front, WOW. And it's not just us that were impressed as this house is featured in magazines, as well as a book on holiday houses all over the world – I can see why! We took a walk on the beach before a lovely cooked meal and bed – all of us knackered after a few busy days.

Breakfast of freshly made bread, then a morning of piano playing, play station and washing before we all headed out for a day trip north towards Farewell Spit. We stopped in the town of Collingwood to divulge in homemade chocolates, and then a delicious lunch before continuing to the most northern point of the South Island; a beach with some caves & sand dunes. The boys had come prepared with their boogie boards. and showed us how body boarding on sand was done... it looked terrifying but Ben and I were determined not to look like cowards, and tried it out. Having watched Susie and Bernie go, we had a race down - while my determination nearly left me landing in a pile of stones (thanks for saving me, Bernie!), it did ensure a comfortable victory over Ben, who got stuck in the sand about halfway down!

It really was a magical place, with an abundance of sand creating lots of small dunes. It was, however a tad windy, blowing sand everywhere but hey, we were already covered after our boarding escapades! We were lucky enough to spot a few baby seals, surfing the waves near us before the boys raced on to some steeper slopes to board on, terror! We opted for cheering and watching, boy it was a good decision after watching the boys eat sand and have near misses to crashing into rocks! Cold and exhausted, we headed back and stopped at “The Mussel Inn”, for a well earned drink and a very amusing and animated game of jenga! The evening’s entertainment was the film “Night at the Museum 2” (surprisingly good!), and roast pork with a huge amount of veg and roast potatoes, all of which I think Bernie and Susie were amazed to see we polished off fairly easily! Our first roast for 2010 and in 4 months, it was a real treat!

The next morning was the rugby game, England versus France which Bernie and Ben were up early to watch. Susie made some delicious blueberry muffins, before we got everyone together for a brisk walk to some waterfalls, crossing a very narrow and bouncy swing bridge. After a quick lunch of homemade bread & cheese, we gave the boys a quick ride in back of Polly - before we were sadly on the move again. Back up and down the hill, through Nelson, past Blenheim and all the vineyards, to arrive in Kaikora just as the sun was setting over the ocean. We reheated the final tub of Chinese food, and settled down for our last night in Polly, sob sob.
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