What and awesome Easter! Mum, her partner Rob, his daughter Elyse, and my two bros Greg and Doug spent the long weekend sailing Whangaroa Harbour.
The drive up was great and surprisingly we did not get much traffic, we had dinner at the Big Game Fish Club at Waipapa, and then headed off to Whangaroa to meet mum who was eagerly waiting with fresh “Rusty Nails” a cocktail made from equal parts Scotch and Drambuie, and lots of ice.
The rest of the trip was spent fishing, lazing about reading books and mags, a spot of sailing, kayaking, drinking (we ran out of beer- even though we took 7 dozen on board).
The real highlights of the trip was the awesome weather- the best Easter weather I have had in NZ ever. We only had 1 afternoon of rain, that did not last long and it was a welcome break form fishing so we headed into the cabin to read and relax with the sound of the rain up above.
Doug caught the fish of the trip- a 12kg stingray the put up one hell of a fight. Mum carved the wings off and we had it for dinner, baked in a cream sauce, it was delicious.
The trip home was easy too- again no traffic? Where was everyone? Maybe they all called in sick. We headed back into Auckland to a great sunset so after we dropped our stuff off I headed to the North Shore under the harbour bridge to take some pics.
I am now in Wellington and head home to Brisbane tomorrow, I have really missed Mark and am really looking forward to seeing him. Wellington is awesome, I would love to live here, I spent a few hours this morning photographing some local graffiti- but I will post more about that later.