Heather in NZ

We had a 3/4 JLSH mini reunion in November when Soph and I planned a trip to Samoa prior her and Rob heading back to the UK to re establish life. Heather jumped on the bandwagon and prior to heading to Samoa we had a truly spectacular few days in NZ!

It started on a Monday after Hev had travelled the long way round to get here, and Soph and I had both finished a weekend of nights, so we were all equally jet lagged meeting in Thames.

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The following day we hit the ground running and walked up the Pinnacles in the Coromandel. This is something I have done before, with the Aldwinckle clan however this time the day was totally different – sunshine and blue skies!

There’s a good scramble to the top and after a bit of fence-ducking the views got even better!


After a great walk and plenty of sunshine we headed for Hahei and set up camp. Soph basically erected the tent single handedly – she’s come so far!


We had a nice walk on the beach, though slightly windswept before some van snuggles before bed and banishing Soph to the tent.

The next morning we woke up to rain which rapidly cleared so we commandeered the rope swing, did some classic beach jumping and attempted synchronised handstands. Standard beach activity innit.

We missed our 4th member greatly though…

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In the afternoon we went to Hot Water Beach to enjoy some good old fashioned people watching as they dug in vain IN the water to create a hole which, surprise, surprise never amounted to anything. We didn’t try, we just enjoyed the spectacle with cosy feet.


The next day we woke up to GLORIOUS sunshine, blue skies and a calm sea. Perfect for a kayak adventure to Cathedral Cove. It was great, and with the winning team of Hev and Soph proving you didn’t have to be in sync to make progress in the water, we trundled our way around the marine reserve, with only a slight mishap in an archway whilst posing for photos, before landing for a wander on the beach, and some seriously outstanding hot chocolate.


BUT this was just a teaser, we still had  a whole WEEK in Samoa to look forward to!

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