Our penultimate day in New Zealand

We got an early start this morning as we had a lot of ground to cover.  The morning’s travels took us through rolling farm lands covered with velvety green grass and dotted with sheep and cows.  Being winter the sun is low in the sky and the cows and sheep cast long shadows across the grass.

We traveled to Napier to where we enjoyed morning tea with our friend Jenny and her 3 little girls.  Husband Morgan was at school and we didn’t get to see him.  We know them from the Solomons.

Then back in the car and we traveled to Whakatane where more Solomons friends, Sarah and Ivan live.  It was great to spend the evening them and their lovely daughters. After a yummy dinner, they surprised me with a birthday cake.

Tomorrow we head back to Auckland and prepare for an early morning departure for Australia and on to the Solomon Islands.