Back to Whangerei

Sorry to get all Pioneer Woman on you, but I went a little overboard taking pictures of cows today. Since New Zealand has more cattle than people, though, it just kind of happened. And they really are pretty cute.

On our way through Kaitaia, my mom pointed out this awesome building with a mosaic all over the front, which she’s wanted a picture of for months. Here, mom!

Further south, we took the turn-off toward the Karikari peninsula, and ended up at a beautiful, secluded white sand beach. I just wish it had been a little warmer so I could have gone swimming!

I got a little artsy with a gorse bush…

After getting back to the main road, we continued on to the town of Kerikeri (not to be confused with Karikari, which we had just come from). We found a little cafe called S’wich.

I got a flat white, and my dad got a mocha. I loved the pretty foam.

I also got a salad with warm roasted root vegetables, honey mustard dressing, feta, and almonds over mesclun greens. It was AMAZING and I definitely plan on replicating it in my own kitchen soon.

We continued on through Paihia and the Bay of Islands, but the water was brown and it was pretty foggy, so I didn’t bother with pictures. Somewhere between there and Whangerei, some people got pretty creative with their fences. One was covered with bikes…

and one was covered with jandals (that’s what they call flip-flops)

And now I’ll leave you with a couple more cute cows.

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