Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

We’re back home again after a great few days away in Taranaki.  It was so good to go back for a while and very tempting to stay! The drive down was wonderful, Autumn is fantastic time to travel through the country and a lot of NZs highways are dotted with ranges and farmlands so the view was great the whole way down the island. Well, technically across and down as we live on the opposite coastline!

I took photos on the way there and have other photos to come as soon as I have resized them!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Top photo: Corrogated Iron Kiwi in Otrohonga aka Kiwi Town! Next photo: An autumn highway photo through the windscreen…just before Otrohonga. Photo 3: Mokau- just before the Taranaki region officially begins. Photo 4: My mountain. Ok, everyones Mountain. The fabulous Mount Taranaki (also known as Mt Egmont) taken at the first peak we got of Taranaki. By the time we’d travelled closer and around her the cloud had tucked the moutain away again! Hard to believe that this could be invisiable but it’s true! I did get photos later though!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

The kids are at school, the sun was definately shining and DH was on his day off…sounds like a great excuse for a ride! Anzac bay is not to far from Tauranga and I spent a lot of time here when I was growing up.  The beach is quite shallow for the first 50 meters or so and then it drops quite quickly and makes for good fishing! Today I do more ‘viewing’ than fishing but I enjoy it just as much! (The Island in the middle of the photo is Matakana Island.)Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

The words ‘world famous…in New Zealand’ were part of a nation wide television advertisement for L&P  a few years back and they’ve become almost as famous as the drink itself. The letters L&P stand for “Lemon & Paeroa” and Paeroa is the town it is brewed in. The addition of “Paeroa” to the name though actually comes from the fact that a natural water spring is used in the making of this drink. It quite litteraly contains part of Paeroa! Stopping for photographs at this bottle is the ‘done thing’ when you go to Paeroa and has been for many years. One day may even dig out and scan the photo of me standing by the bottle when I was young girl! You can find out  more about Paeroa here if you wish to read on.