Monday, May 29, 2017


On our fifth day we checked out of our motel units at the Last Resort Motel at Karamea and, after breakfast were shown the conference room with the main beam of the ceiling being one tree before  climbing into three school mini buses to go to the Operara Arches  as the large bus was too big to negotiate the road.  From memory the drive was about 40 minutes each way.  We had a magical walk.

We then returned to our motel at Karamea where we had a delicious lunch of freshly caught fish and chips with numerous extras before heading south to Reefton where we spent the night.

Friday, May 19, 2017


After going up to the Denniston Plateau we continued our journey to Karamea.  
We arrived there for a late lunch as the Denniston detor was not on the itinerary.  As there were no cafe's our lunch was supplied by the motel and comprised a selection of sandwiches with tea or coffee.  After this we headed to the start of the Heaphy track where we went across a swing bridge and did a loop walk at the start of the track. 

Monday, May 15, 2017


The 4th day of our holiday dawned fine.  We checked out of our hotel and went to the Coaltown Museum in Westport.  This was one of the best small museums that I have been to.  Having been to the Denniston Plateau the previous day made it even more interesting.  There was a simulated underground mine and different videos playing on life on the plateau.  We spent a while there and then headed for Karamea.

As it was such a good day and we were passing the road to the plateau a head count was taken as to who would like to go back up to see the plateau on a good day.  The ayes were well in the majority and so we headed back up to the plateau.  It was amazing the difference a day made as far as the view was concerned.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Food

I wanted a meal that was completely gluten free so that I didn't have to worry about what I could eat.  The ceremony was at the Alzheimer's building and Zoe, who cooks the meals for the clients, has just set up a catering company with a friend called A to Z catering.  Zoe trained as a chef here in Whangarei and then worked her way around the world cooking before returning to Whangarei and starting to work for Alzheimer's.

The meal was delicious.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

MR. & MRS.

The big day arrived.  A fine, sunny, day which meant we could have the ceremony outside. The meal was delicious and everyone enjoyed themselves - what more could we want.