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…

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