What a fine excuse to spend the weekend in the Matakana area where there are lots of galleries, vintage shops, markets, vineyards, cafes and beaches - what's not to love?!
|Vintage baches at Sandspit - looks better when the tide's in.|
The concert was great - despite a 20 minute downpour that just finished before the main act - one of New Zealand's best loved bands.
|The sun's out just in time for the main act at Ascension Vineyard, Matakana|
|Fat Freddy's Drop. The trombone player obviously has a good sense of humour, and some great dance moves|
We ambled home the next day, after staying at a lovely B&B, via the Sunday market in Matakana and several of the beaches.
|Matakana Sunday Market - plenty of vintage and upcycled goods - I bought some (new) stainless steel straws.|
We didn't stop at the Goat Island marine sanctuary, where people can snorkel among large fish because being a long weekend there were crowds of people - a bit much for us.
Instead we found this unpopulated spot - Jones Beach. We just loved the beautiful smooth stones.
|The Park Ranger's house at Jones Beach - a beautifully preserved Kiwi villa|
Pakiri Beach has lifeguards because the surf is a bit wild, but the lagoon is a lovely safe spot for families with small children. There is beach horse trekking available there too.
|The lagoon, Pakiri Beach|
Thanks to Derek for the great photos - he does a much better job than me!