“How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.”
It’s quite something to consider several places home; I consider Victoria my temporary home, and the Yukon my Canadian home, but when I say I’m going home home I mean New Zealand. Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud (and for a while during my visit it really lived up to its name). This Christmas I finally got my kiwi summer and spent the holidays with my family in New Zealand! There were Christmasses left, right, and center, many road trips, many an ice block, MANY a trip to the beach, and even a wedding. There were new friends, old friends, new family members and a lot of old ones too. I don’t know how we managed to cram everything in! This visit was not near long enough but I am SO glad I got to go and to see everyone even for a little while. Hopefully it’ll be less than three years next time I see everyone! xo
22nd (Canadian time) – 27th (NZ time) December 2015
The Odyssey begins! Brooke and I landed after a 14-hour long flight and were greeted with happy tears from my Nan. We had a little Christmas with my Nan and Aunt before getting up early Christmas day and heading to Auckland to see my Mum’s side of the fam. Unfortunately due to a bit of a mishap with my camera, none of my photos from that day actually came out! I did, however, manage to get some to turn out after my parents got there on Boxing Day. We spent the rest of the time in Auckland lazing in the sunshine, walking along Clark’s Beach, and even enjoyed a lovely visit with my Aunty Teena before heading along the Thames Coast to Coromandel!
28th December 2015
It was one of those idyllic days where it felt like I was a kid again, waking up in my Nanny Vi’s house to a hot blue morning with the promise of a beach day somewhere with the King family. We spent the late morning wandering through Coro town and eating delicious Coro Pies across from the bottom pub. After that we packed everybody into two cars and headed to Amodeo Bay where the boys (and Brooke the helper in Alex’s 9 year old’s kayak) dove for kinas. I ate and remembered I don’t like rock oysters the boys searched for crabs and fish, and then we went on to Waititi Bay where my Grandad used to take my sister and I all the time.
29th December 2015
Another beach day, this time at the beautiful Whangapoua Beach – but not before we had lunch with my Aunty and her now husband Matt at the Success. The rest of the day was spent in sunshine, glittering blue water, and hot sand whipping my back.
30th December 2015
Last day in Paradise… at least, this one! My parents, Brooke, Casey, and I went over to Matarangi for the day to see Mum’s bestie, Toni, and her family. While Papa and Casey went in search of a wetsuit, Brooke, Mum, and I stayed to go paddle-boarding and kayaking with the Christensens. We went back to Coromandel after Papa and Casey got back and spent the afternoon down at the creek before devouring a huge smoked snapper Alex had caught for dinner.