Never one to follow the norm I decided against a party and spent the money, it would have cost me, instead on a long weekend away. I had a fabulous time with my family including siblings and their children and in one case, grand child. We stayed at Punakaiki on the West Coast (my most favourite of all places in New Zealand) in a wonderful house right on the beach. It was a wonderful way to recharge the batteries and get ready for the Christmas season.
|View from beach - house we stayed in is the two storied house at rear|
|View north from beach|
|View south from beach|
|View from the beach|
|Another view of the fabulous house we stayed in|