Birthdays and Outings

In the past week or so we have both celebrated our birthdays which meant we went to Denny’s for a meal each which was good.

Went for a drive to Clarke’s beach and outer suburb’s which made for an enjoyable day 20161206_143601


Also went for a visit to MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology) we both hadn’t been here for many years, Nice to walk around in and we enjoyed looking at the older style houses and what they lived in and some of the utilities they used. Nothing much else really tickled our fancy to be honest. However we did enjoy the day πŸ™‚





Waitakere is out west and yes we are both Westies from way back πŸ˜€


Thank You

Thank you to my wife for the dinner on Monday night at Denny’s.

It was my birthday so we enjoyed the following day together as I had to work so the Monday was great with the start of a great meal that night then off for two days πŸ™‚ Julie’s turn next week πŸ™‚ Looking forward to it babe.

Air Conditioning Services – Penrose

Top marks to Don and the guys at Air Conditioning Services in Penrose. From start to finish Don was fantastic… You just don’t get service like these guys anymore. Far out does any business that I have been too lately. Friendly and the follow up is fantastic. Oh yeah I forgot to mention the guy has just had a hip replacement so you could only imagine how old he is, no wonder the service is top notch!
Bring back the good old days where people cared about there employment and cared about the customer and what they need.

Trip South

We decided to head to Wanganui on the Friday however only got to Te Kuiti for the first night stopping at Huntly for a bite to eat after the traffic and small accident at the Bombay’s (trailer over turning on motorway) as you could imagine we had been in bumper to bumper traffic for some time so the stop at Huntly was a good call. Left at around 1815 and finally arrived at the motel in Te Kuiti at around 2013 after eating in Huntly. Time to get to Huntly

ak-hutlywas a staggering 1hr 44 minutes πŸ™



The stay overnight was great, comfortable and just what we both needed. Up and across to the cafe across the road from the Motel which suited us πŸ™‚ then we went to the wife’s grandparents old place from the 50’s a shop in Te Kuiti which is still operating as a dairy, great to see the building still a shop for the local community.



After the look around we headed south to Wanganui stopping at Taumarunui which was a quick stop only to stretch the legs and do the needy things πŸ˜€


Headed off feeling much better πŸ˜€ and had a good drive to the falls (Raukawa Falls) taking 1hr 8 minutes great travelling and enjoyed the sites along the way.

tam-fallstam-falls-ksΒ Last leg of the trip was to Wanganui which was another good run with little traffic although we had been glad it was Saturday as the road had a few slips to pass which meant down to a single lane although we had the right of way but still nice, there was no road work guys around to slow the traffic further.

Arrived at Wanganui which we found to be windy as but still nice weather so we headed to the motel to get sorted before looking around the town.

falls-to-wangfalls-wang-ksΒ 47 minutes wasn’t at all bad considering the road.

Stayed overnight in Wanganui had fish n chips at a place in Aramoho which used to be a good place back when I lived here but now not so good as the chips had been under cooked and the fish was not nice at all! Still we settled in the motel for the night…. Have to say the stay was comfortable but the shower was just terrible, cold which was not on. Next day we did what we had to,looked around a little as the wife had never been here before so was nice to be able to show her around. πŸ™‚



Sunday 20/11/2016Β Headed off to Taupo as we decided to spend two nights here due to having cold showers and Wanganui being very quiet! First stop Waiouru along with the Mountain including snow, it looked fantastic! Stopped for a drink and something to eat πŸ™‚

wang-to-waiouruwang-to-waiouru-ksΒ Great travelling with good traffic and great weather today πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Should have stopped for a little longer here as we could have taken more photos however wanted to get to a motel so we could relax!

Taupo here we come around the east side of the lake great drive through the desert hwy and around the east side of the lake fantastic scenery on this leg of the trip! Loved it!

waiouru-to-taupowaiouru-to-taupo-ksΒ It was great having the mountain to our left with the snow around it even this late in the year, not cold by any means and we were both happy to arrive in Taupo as the atmosphere is amazing along with the environment, I have been here a couple of times myself in the past due to having to come here for conferences with work usually staying a couple of nights so it was nice to be here with my wife and enjoying the company. Taupo we both loved and made the most of being here going to Huka falls and doing some driving around the place.



After a great couple of nights at a really good motel we had to head home πŸ™ we really didn’t want to but im sure we will be back in the near future to explore more and enjoy this great place, looking to go to Napier sometime so we may incorporate this in the trip here next time πŸ™‚ Acacia bay was a nice drive as well, along with the lake.

Tuesday 22/11/2016Β Leaving, back to Auckland. No we don’t really want to leave this amazing place! Stopped off at Tirau for a quick break and looked at shops etc which was nice to have the break and stretch the legs!



Good traffic although we had one idiot, being a taxi driver apart from that the whole trip had no others πŸ˜€ it was another great day weather wise so nice to be able to get out and about when a hot day πŸ™‚ Onto Pokeno for something to eat at our favorite cafe πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ well worth the drive!


Closer to home we are both thinking oh well life goes on πŸ™‚ 32 minutes later we are home and thinking of another break away πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Round trip from Auckland to Wanganui and Wanganui, Taupo and back to Auckland without running around in the towns totaling 965 k’s so would have done well over 1k in traveling and took 11hrs 30 minutes traveling time return. Great company and great trip!


Meadowbank Pizzeria

So we have been going on a regular basis to the next door Charcoal Burger takeaway in the past however we have since now been going to the Meadowbank Pizza takeaway, we haven’t had any pizza’s yet however the wife has been having the Beef Lasagne.

I also decided last night to have the same and what a fantastic meal. $20.00 per Lasagne but well worth it as it does two meals… (lunch today)

They heat them up in the oven far better than most that do it in a microwave so the little wait is well worth it πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ The site is Meadowbank Pizzeria

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Days off

So it was a long weekend and due to the both of us having a day or two off we decided to head up to Orewa not before heading to the sisters for a visit and scones, payment for sorting internet service and Narida didn’t hold back with great food and company was good to catch up with others also and Lez for a short time.

ak-waimaukuDidn’t take long considering the time of day 47 minutes! Just over a two hour visit so was well worth the travel.

Headed onto Orewa as I needed to have some medication in a fridge before too long……


Another quick trip (45 minutes) considering we went the long way but was a good drive so we didn’t mind too much πŸ™‚


Stayed at Orewa Beachcomber which was very nice, clean and getting renovated at the moment so parking was limited, the only thing we really didn’t like was the two chairs in the lounge room and the lack of a couch apart from that friendly and relaxing to say the least.

Just a couple of night’s to relax and enjoy the not so great weather however the area as always was good to recharge our batteries! Had some great food and enjoyed each others company πŸ˜€ Next time we may go further north..


So we decided to watch the DVD Ghost busters last night…. What a disappointment. Didn’t watch it till the end as it was that bad, thought it may have been okay to watch and get some enjoyment but sadly we became bored fairly quickly. Rather than I go on about it follow this link instead for the low down.

On another note we have been watching the TV series Million Dollar Listings LA and although it is a reality show about real estate brokers it isn’t too bad, look forward to watching this each week,Β the current series has finished however another is on it’s way πŸ˜€

Mercer Visit

So we slept in (day off) πŸ˜€ and we thought why not go to Mercer, to the local cafe as I was talking with a customer at work and he suggested if we like a good cafe meal go here as it’s great food.

We ended up getting to Mercer without too much traffic although the other side of the motorway had the NZ Police on it directing traffic! No such thing on the way back though:D

Ended up having the deluxe breakfast with the famous Pokeno bacon, egg, toast etc with coffee, and Julie had eggs benedict with bacon. The bacon was not cooked well at all, along with my eggs, it’s a pity we have lots of food outlets in Auckland and not cheap ones as this meal was almost $40.00 and yet it wasn’t the greatest we thought, each to their own I guess but we thought we really should have gone to Denny’s πŸ™‚ The drive however was fun and of course the company was the best πŸ™‚


Weather (WX)

So what’s up with the weather these days?

It’s been warm, cold, windy, calm, raining, fine……. I’m not complaining about the cold to be honest as we would rather the cooler weather however the rain I am over it! The weather reports are for around 30 degrees this month so one of the salesman tells me today.. Really.. I’m hoping not myself. It doesn’t help with the customers (rain) that is.

On a brighter note, it’s a long weekend in a couple of weeks πŸ™‚ Usually I work the public holiday but this time I am going to have it off and spend the extra day with my lovely wife πŸ˜€ We are going away for a couple of nights so looking forward to it so if it’s warmer we won’t mind πŸ™‚ Looking forward to seeing the Sister and brother n law too! Enjoy your own long weekend people!

We watched The Legend of Tarzan last nightΒ thelegendoftarzanΒ we enjoyed the movie the graphics had been great with all the animals etc, story line was good too so it was nice to spend the time relaxing and watching a movie together πŸ™‚Β