Happy Birthday to Pat! Enjoying her Birthday on an idyllic Greek island!
We decided to stay closer to our current home in Haruru, Northland, New Zealand. We drove the short 5km to Paihia Beach to stroll the beachfront and take in the sights. But first we had our leisurely breakfast and coffee and watched the tide come up the river estuary.
Down at the beach we walked and saw families enjoying the waterfront and kids playing in the sand and in the water.
The sights in town included a reference to Zane Grey who visited the area in the 1920’s to do some sport fishing. He memorialized his fishing exploits in several books, putting Paihia on the map for international sport fishing!
We walked the opposite direction over the bridge past the ship we can see in the distance from our Airbnb.
We had a picnic lunch and decided to head for a hike on the Paihia School Road Track in the Opua Forest, a cooler alternative than being in the sun on the beach! Up, up, up we hiked until we reached the outlook and enjoyed a semi-obstructed view of the Bay of Islands.Everywhere we walked today I saw patterns;