I managed to have a few days away while in New Zealand and hired a car for a week so I could visit my friend in Whangarei and then drive on to Kerikeri to stay - one of my favourite places in New Zealand.
I went with a lovely friend who lives across the road and up the hill to my Mum and Dad. It was great fun to have company and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We stayed a couple of nights in a fabulous Motel called Avalon Resort. It was so peaceful and quiet and we would have liked to have stayed a third night (or even longer if I had had the time and money!), but unfortunately it was booked for the Friday night.
It is set down in a little valley, well off the road, so just perfect. Only four individual Lodges and a few units by the pool area, we had 'Air' which was the one furtherest away so very private which is just the sort of thing I look for when staying somewhere. We had an enjoyable spa on Wednesday, the first night after a late afternoon hike and enjoying a fabulous meal at 'The Pear Tree' in the Kerikeri basin. Actually the meal was so good we went back there the second night and I ordered the same dish! Venison - it was cooked to perfection.
The photos of Avalon Resort where we stayed. Paradise!
Looking down from our lodge.
Looking back up at it.
The spa pool
Naturally spring swimming pool.
The room I slept in.
Lounge and dining area.