Not all skies are blue...
Trip Start Nov 27, 2010
8Trip End Jan 08, 2011
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During the walk we encountered a lot of trees that in New Zealand are referred to as 'The New Zealand Christmas Tree'. They weren't fully in bloom yet, but it was quite clear what a spectacular sight they will be closer to Christmas. Of course we can't remember the actual name of the tree, but we're sure some knowledgable person reading this can help out with that ;)
One of the reasons we did the track around the Mount rather than climbing it to the top was the weather
One of the features of Mount Maunganui that appealed a lot to Martijn was the availability and quality of the sushi. Having such a large selection and the option to buy individual pieces really did wonders for trying out a lot of new things. It might not be a typical kiwi-dish, but compared to home the selection was so good that it would have been a crime not to take advantage of it.
And whilst we're on the topic of trying new things, Trude also found something nice to try. Starbucks was offering their new christmas selection consisting of Gingerbread Latte, Toffee Nut Latte and Dark Cherry Mocha in both normal (warm) and frappuccino (iced) version. Due to the weather Trude opted for trying the warm varieties. (So far the Dark Cherry Mocha is the winner...)
Not too far from Mount Maunganui is the McLaren Falls Park. The weather still wasn't 'perfect', but going to such a nice (and huge) park was still very enjoyable. We even stumbled upon a rather nice secluded little pond with a waterfall (not the actual McLaren Falls) that we spent a while just admiring and taking some pictures of (of course!)
Later in the evening, while relaxing and working on a new travelblog entry, we noticed that the sunset was rather nice and picturesque. Having such a nice location for our stay (just on the edge of the bay) we quickly dashed outside with our cameras and tried to take some sunset pictures. Feel free to judge if we succeeded or not :)
After a while the sun had gone down so far that the wonderous colours in the clouds had gone and it was getting rather chilly. So we quickly went back inside and enjoyed the rest of our evening in the comfort of our bed.