Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

Whilst I had the best of intentions to visit lots of gardens whilst in New Zealand, we were on the go so much that we really didn’t get much of a chance. However while in New Plymouth, Steve and I shot off on our own for a quick wander around Pukekura Park, one of New Zealand’s botanical gardens.

The Park has many features, including a 1930s tea house, fountain, fernery and glasshouses amongst native bush and formal gardens.  We only got around a small section at the southern end of the park, but I was really very impressed by how beautiful it was and it didn’t hurt that we had glorious weather.

Puhoi and Matakana by The Selby

I love The Selby.  What a surprise to see that he has paid a visit to Matakana and Puhoi, small villages north of Auckland and not far from where I grew up. They are really wonderful places to visit: Puhoi is now being marketed as a “historic village” and Matakana has been known as a foodie haven for a few years now.  My Dad was telling me on my latest visit home that my grandfather used to help out at the Puhoi Pub.  It’s not pictured, but it’s a sun trap and so full of character.