We were at the car rental place at 9am, took an hour but we got a cash refund and a 20 year old replacement car, not as nice but it goes 🤪 and air conditioning is really only a fan. It has that old car smell. Such is life!
We had a lovely morning checking out the bays on the northern part of the Island. Onetangi Bay was a long, pretty stretch of beach. We had morning tea at the boathouse overlooking the bay. It was a sunny day and there were lots of people out and about.
From there we headed west to Mawhitipana Bay and then Enclosure Bay. The coastline is stunning, the views are breathtaking. Really pleased we are here for 4 days. Even though there appears to be a water shortage, everyone is on rainwater, the Island is very green. At our Airbnb they have recently had to have water bought in.
On our travels we saw Obsidian winery, they had the best wine maker of the year last year for the Island. We stopped in and had a wine tasting and bought a couple of bottles of wine. I learnt something there, Obsidian is a very hard, dark, dense, volcanic, black rock.
After the wine tasting we went back to the Airbnb, had a bit of lunch on the verandah and soaked up the view, was tough but we managed. 😂
M & G’s wedding was at 5pm, at Cable Bay winery, didn’t take long to get there, it is on a hill, the view was stunning (as all views in NZ are). Unfortunately some heavy, dark clouds, then rain came, slowly it all cleared away and the sun came out and the wedding began about 5.45pm. Was a beautiful ceremony and I felt lucky to be there to see M married. He is 39 next week, that time seems to have gone in the blink of an eye.
The reception was fun, about 80 people who had travelled from all over the world to be at the wedding, amazing! The food & wine was delicious and we enjoyed the dancing afterwards. A most enjoyable evening.
We get to do it all again today at a cafe for lunch nearby, love a celebration that goes on and on.Number of View :155