14 January 2015

A Kiwi Christmas feat. Mount Maunganui and pies

I can still feel sand between my toes. It's approximately 4°C outside, London is bursting with winter and my tan is fading faster than you can say 'moisturise', but I'm fairly certain I still feel grains of Kiwi sand between my toes (and goodness knows everywhere else). Miniscule grains of New Zealand shorelines that came home with me as a reminder of how crazy I have been to leave summer christmasses behind for so very long.

I'm always asked what Christmas is like at home. Always. It's defintely an expat/first world problem, but now I'm pleased to be able to point enquiries to this photo, and this post. 

This, this is what a New Zealand Christmas looks like (if you're lucky with the weather).

A Kiwi Christmas feat. Mount Maunganui and pies
I also learned about in-fill flashes on the fly - cheers Santa!
New Zealand Christmas & New Year - Adventures of a London Kiwi

I spent Christmas Eve (whilst my family worked) soaking up sunshine on the white and glorious beaches of Mount Maunganui. I pranced among the Pohutukawa blooming fiercely on the coastal path...

A Kiwi Christmas feat. Mount Maunganui and pies

 ...ran (carefully) through rock pools...

A Kiwi Christmas feat. Mount Maunganui and pies
 
A Kiwi Christmas feat. Mount Maunganui and pies

...scampered to the sound of the sea shore captured in delicate shells...

A Kiwi Christmas feat. Mount Maunganui and pies

A Kiwi Christmas feat. Mount Maunganui and pies

 ...and ate pies on the beach. Oh yes, yes I did.

A Kiwi Christmas feat. Mount Maunganui and pies

Mount Maunganui and pies - Christmas - Adventures of a London Kiwi

I spotted Santa out on a pre-flight walk (the reindeer must have been parked at home?)

Mount Maunganui and pies - Christmas - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Mount Maunganui and pies - Christmas - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Christmas day itself was full of family hugs, Christmas pudding, chilling outside, perfectly roasted veges with glazed ham, Skyping, napping (as is tradition), toasting the Queen's speech (as is a new tradition of mine), too much chocolate nibbling (an age old tradition) and suffering a horrendous sunburn (you guess it, another tradition).

New Zealand Christmas & New Year - Adventures of a London Kiwi


New Zealand Christmas & New Year - Adventures of a London Kiwi

It was worth every single second of travelling from the UK. Every single second.

Mount Maunganui and pies - Christmas - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Goodness knows I'm still finding grains of sand in my shoes and crevices of my suitcase...

16 comments :

  1. Love those shots of the seashells!

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  2. When I visited Australia I was really looking forward to a walk on the beach on Christmas day but it poured with rain!! I'll just have to live vicariously through you!

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  3. Thank you :) I'm settling in with my new camera & rather enjoying it so far! The true test will be my next restaurant visit!

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  4. It'll be all the sweeter for the frosty European Christmasses!

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  5. Oh how wonderful a day at the beach sounds!

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  6. Glamorous Glutton14 January 2015 at 18:40

    Those photos are stunning, really beautiful. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. GG

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  7. So beautiful! Still having a hard time reconciling the whole sunburnt at Christmas thing but your pictures attest to the lovely time you had! (And don't worry, you are still tanner than the rest of us.)

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  8. It's had to wrap my mind around a warm Christmas, but I'd love a beach day right now! x

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  9. I grew up in San Diego and always had the beach at the ready and never thought much of it. Then I moved to Madrid, which is completely landlocked and I realized how much I missed the proximity of the sea.

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  10. It was wonderful, I'm not going to lie!

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  11. I was very, very lucky - I hope yours was fabulous as well GG!

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  12. Sunburnt 3 times no less (just a little crazy!)

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  13. It's the best Amanda - just a chilled day with your family! (Does it beat a white Christmas? The jury is out I think!)

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  14. Isn't the sea just wonderful? Whenever we travel we try to spend as much time around the water as we can!

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  15. I used to have friends that moaned about the long haul flight back to Aus/NZ but you are totally right - nothing beats a Christmas at home.

    Gorgeous photos! x

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