Sunday, December 28, 2014

the curvy seaside rode to papa's

We spent a day in New Zealand paradise...Bland Bay.  Don't be fooled by the name.  There is nothing plain about this place.  Just to get to Bland Bay is a feat.  This is evidence enough that the place is isolated, special, and uniquely Kiwi.  

Roughly thirty minutes past Whangarei, we turned onto a smaller road with one lane bridges and hairpin turns.  These hairpin turns lasted for over an hour up and down New Zealand's many many hills.  It was a bit intense.  Once we got to Hikurangi and Oakura I started to realize what we were in for.  The ocean glimpses were beyond stunning.  I love love the open sea in the far northland.  It never disappoints.  

Jason's papa has lived on a beach side piece of land on Bland Bay for many years.  Jason remembers the property being nothing more than a small shack...this time we came to visit a big ranch style home that overlooked a stunning bay.  

The beach was pebbly with a view of other islands within the Bay of Islands.  We had the whole family up there.  It was a very cloudy and overcast day.  

By far, the most rewarding part of the visit was seeing Callum play in the water.  He was a natural!  
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