Sky High

Another happy day in stunning New Zealand 🙂

No, we did not have wine for breakfast but it may be said that we woke up this morning feeling less than perky due to the previous evening’s consumption.  But what is a woman to do, when she is in the country that produces her favourite wines?  These were about £7 a bottle so far more reasonable than at home.

2 villa marias A smoothie for breakfast made with an orange, 2 kiwis, a pear and a tbsp of Tahini.  2 slices of banana cake.smoothie on grey Then scrambled egg.  That felt better !scrambled eggs We were lucky with the weather again today and set off for Shakespear Regional Park.Shakespear RP sign We walked to a look out point and the views were amazing all the way.Shakespear RP3 Baa!Sheep and lamb bring back bush sign The air here feels so fresh and clean.Shakespear RP 2We definitely felt much better for being outside.Shakespear RP We made it to the top 🙂Z, K and H Then back down again.Shakespear Regional Park 1 I love this huge picture frame.Z and H on picture frame Harvey was determined to swim today so we went to Te Haiuhi Bay.walking on to beach It was colder than he expected, Harvey on beach but he did get in and enjoyed a swim.  He was the only one as remember, it is winter here.swimming in the sea We enjoyed relaxing on yet another lovely beach.Te Haruhi Bay right We could see the city of Auckland in the distance.Auckland in distance Not a lot else except more magnificent scenery.Te Haruhi Bay Our next stop was a walk through the bush to a waterfall.  We had to disinfect our shoes first.disinfectant station These birds are rather comical due to the way they walk along – Pukeko.Pukeko Any idea what this plant is with the little white flowers?  It is commonly found in New Zealand and used to produce something used around the world.Manuka plats Manuka!  Used by bees to produce Manuka honey which has antiseptic qualities.Manuka flowers Tree ferns.tree fern ‘Cabbage Plants’.Cabbage Trees Waterfall bush walk 2 Bush walk 1 After a morning of walking we drove in to Manly to pick up a picnic for lunch.Manly The Little Cafe served up a decent coffee and we should have come here for food too as they had some delicious looking pies (very popular here), quiches and cakes.  We had already bought sandwiches though in a traditional bakery over the road.Pies in Little Cafe Manly We took our picnic to Stanmore Bay.picnic at Stanmore Bay I had chicken and salad in a roll with a latte.chicken roll Followed by half a Lamington, which is a commonly found in New Zealand.  It is a sponge cake in a square shape, dipped in to chocolate and then coconut.half a Lamington Oh look, another beautiful beach!Stanmore Bay House at Stanmore Bay We popped in to see Kath’s Mum again and she had prepared an afternoon tea for us.  I try so hard to resist cakes but this lot was all homemade and delicious!  At least I had done some walking earlier.Afternoon tea at Rhyll'sIn the evening we drove in to the centre of Auckland.  We were going up the Sky Tower, the tallest building in New Zealand.

Auckland sky line boats in Auckland harbour Sky Tower and boats I am not sure why I went up the Sky Tower because I hate heights.  I particularly hate glass bottomed lifts and this one made me feel quite peculiar.  I really couldn’t look through it.  Harvey had no such qualms.Glass bottomed liftI made it to the top and immediately wanted to go back down but I managed to walk round once.
Sky Tower 4 I certainly couldn’t go near the edge.Sky Tower 3 I was happier hugging the central part of the tower and disliked Harvey standing on the edge which is so ridiculous because it is solid glass so he can’t fall out.Sky Tower 2 Going at sunset was good timing as it was interesting to see the City lighting up as the sky darkened.Sky Tower 1 Just when I thought it was ok to leave we stepped in to a lift that went even higher to the upper observation deck.  That really was enough for me so we had a very fast walk round that one and I didn’t go anywhere near the edge.The top level Matt joined us for supper at The Food Truck Garage which is close to the Sky Tower.
The Food Truck The Food Truck is a popular programme on TV here.  The chef takes standard takeaway meals such as burgers and hot dogs, and creates very healthy versions of them.  Food Truck menu Lager and Tamari nuts and seeds to share.nuts and beer Baked potato, swede and beetroot “chips”.baked chips Spinkin (spinach and pumpkin burger with sprouts) and herby slaw.Spinkin It was really good quality and tasty food.  Excellent.Food Truck Garage

I can’t believe how much we packed in to today or how much cake I packed in to myself.  I am not trying to lose weight while I am on holiday but I do want to go home weighing the same as I did when I left.  The exercise was good today but I must eat less cake!

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to Sky High

  1. Sarah says:

    What a day you had! We used to make Lamingtons when we were young – we put a layer of jam in the middle too. Yum! I’m with you on the Sky Tower – I struggle with the London Eye! Can’t do caves either… Looking forward to your next instalment….xxx

    • I did feel perfectly justified having a Lamington whilst Down Under! Which would have been fine because I shared one with Kath. The visit to her Mother was a last minute decision and the reason for the visit was to help her eat lots of cake left over from a church event she had organised. So we ate too much cake because when it is all laid out in front of me I am powerless to resist!

  2. laura1952 says:

    I feel like I need a nap after all your activities and food. I’m so pleased you are having such a great time.

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