Monday, 14 January 2019
Lunch at the lake
It was a beautiful day on Saturday so we decided to take a sandwich and flask and have lunch at Lake Waihola.
There were not a lot of people there, much to our surprise, just one or two families about. More around at the boating, waterskiing area than at the swimming area where we were. Once more I missed an opportunity to go for a swim. The water wasn't too cold and not a lot of people. And we had a little bay to ourselves :) A really pleasant spot to sit, eat and watch families enjoying the day.
There were the usual gulls hanging about looking for a free lunch.
This is a black billed gull and is only found in New Zealand.
Quite a pretty bird I think.
Over the track from where we were was the camping ground.
You can see it over the fence here. Quite a small one but just 20 minutes out of the city so you don't have to drive too far
to feel like you have escaped the madding crowd.
We stayed a couple of hours and then decided to take the scenic route home so set off over the hill and out to the coast road. This was the view looking back at the lake.
We drove home with native flax and toetoe on one side of the road and the Pacific Ocean on the other. The plan was to stop and buy an ice cream but at $3.50 each (a rip off price) we decided to wait until we got home and have a free one :)
Another lovely outing on a lovely southern summers day.