Trip Start Dec 19, 2012
14Trip End Jan 12, 2013
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Unfortunately we haven't been sunning ourselves on a beach as anticipated, instead we have been avoiding the rain and howling wind. We managed to make it out today during a brief let up in the weather (yesterday I went out twice and both times ended up having to change all the clothes I was wearing as I was drenched; i didn't think to pack waterproof trousers for NZ!).
This morning we attended a local church's Christmas service to try and help us to feel like it was Christmas. The rain has in fact helped us to feel Christmassy, but it is still rather too warm for any sensible Christmas celebrations! However the Kiwis do put on a good show, I have seen several Santa hats today, and have been assured that they eat a big Christmas meal like us. All the carols we sang were the same too, except for O Little Town of Bethlehem, to which there appeared to be no tune at all!
We have been for a Christmas walk to some nearby waterfalls and explored a local town called KeriKeri. The forests here are sub-tropical, and look really different from those back home, they also sound so different which really surprised me. There seem to be thousands of crickets and the birds sing very differently too. To end the day we had a lovely Christmas dinner out at a restaurant on the waterfront. No turkey in site, but I did manage to find some Christmas ham!
We really hope you've all had a wonderful day!