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North Island Roadie, Paraparaumu, Waikanae and Plimmerton

penultimate day

rain
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Friday 28th May-
14degrees
overcast, bitter and cold
Paraparaumu, Waikanae and Plimmerton

Waking up at Foxton Beach a glorious sunny day we had to spend some more time on the beach before heading further south. So it was more of Maddie chasing sticks, chatting to locals, photography, watching a kite surfer and a couple who had unloaded their horses for a morning canter on the beach. Very very delightful.
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I had to buy some croquettes from the De Molen Windmill Shop before departing and also a nice cup of coffee beside the Manawatu River. To say we were pleasantly surprised by Foxton is an understatement..Made a brief unproductive stop at Levin thinking we would see Outlet Shops but really the stop should have been at Otaki.

We had a couple of close family people to catch up with at our next stop. The last time we were here was when we had gone up to Tauranga to collect the van from overseas. First was to catch up Ray and Henriette, lifelong friends. Their hospitality is exceptional and it wasn’t long before we were agreeing to stay in their house and to park up the van opposite. It is a special friendship when you just pick up where you left off with no discernible time gap at all. We had a lovely evening eating, drinking and chatting.

Thursday and Henriette needed to work (from Home) so Ray kindly lent us a vehicle so that we could go to the Mall for retail therapy. Brought lunch home then off to visit Pam in Waikanae Beach. Pam had lived with us for about 3 months while she was between houses. We had not seen her new home so this was exciting. She lives in a beautiful self contained unit and has great support and companionship from the widow living there. They had met at church and seemed the timing was perfect for both of them.
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We went with Pam to the Estuary and lagoon for a walk with Maddie and Jess the very old 15year old retired farm dog that she is now caring for. It was fantastic in the evening with Kapiti Island seeming within touching distance. The bird life was incredible and Sal got up close and personal with some black swans. Too big and close for comfort for me. Back to Pams place and a wonderful meal together.
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The van had had a visit from someone from the Council during the day to check no-one was camping up in it. Ray assertively informed them that no such thing was occurring. The man backed down pretty fast and said he was responding to a complaint. Incidentally we saw a great freedom camping spot at the Estuary but too late for that now.

Had another cool night and then this morning we went together with Ray for a Tiki Tour while he also checked up on some Army Holiday homes that he is custodian for. They are right on Waikanae Beach which is a million dollar location-all for $70/night. It is a very attractive area and would be an awesome place to retire to. With the Expressway almost completed it would cut down the travel time substantially. It is a very fast road to drive on.

Our time together was fast drawing to a close. So we all went out to Kapiti Beach for lunch before taking off again. That was a lot of fun.
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We have come to an NZMCA Park at Plimmerton which is quite close to the ferry terminal where we will go in the morning to meet up with Pam and her daughter in law Michelle.
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Posted by Sallyj66 03:16 Archived in New Zealand

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