This Sunday we chose Maraetai Beach. It was a bit of a dismal day, but we didn't allow that to put a damper on our enthusiasm to see more of this beautiful country. So we loaded the data into our trusty GPS and he showed us the way.
We followed Papakura-Clevedon Road passing through the very quaint village of Clevedon on the way. From there it was onto North Road all the way until we hit the coast and turned left onto Maraetai Coast Road.
We couldn't resist stopping at one of the lookout areas to walk along this pier jutting out into the bay. (Photo compliments of SimpsonS)
The road winds leisurely around the coast, so take your time. There are a number a beautiful places to stop and enjoy the scenery. Maraetai is Māori, meaning "meeting place by the sea" and what a beautiful place to meet.
A little church nestled in these idyllic surroundings. Yes - it is that green - no photoshop required. (Photo compliments of SimpsonS)
By this time, we were ready for coffee and cake and stopped off at the Wharf Store. My partner was really impressed with the coffee presentation. He likes black coffee and they served 2 shots in a coffee mug with a little jug of hot water so he could add just the required amount of water - just the way he likes it.
The Wharf Store Coffee Shop. A great place to stop for great coffee and cake.(Photo compliments of SimpsonS)
I had my usual cappuccino and the Gluten-free Orange and Poppy seed cake - which was very yummy. They heated it just enough so the cream-cheese topping had just started to melt and soak into the cake. Just writing about it is making my mouth water.
The mural inside the Wharf Store (Photo compliments of SimpsonS)
There is seating inside and outside the store. We sat inside at the window, which gave us a view of the bay across the road. The sun was out and there were loads of people taking the opportunity of getting outside and enjoying the opportunity of great weather.
Maraetai Beach Wharf (Photo compliments of SimpsonS)
While we were enjoying our coffee, two kids came in with their grandparents. They were all wearing wellington boots and the little boy was covered in sea sand, clutching a large seashell. His grandad grinned at us and said: 'Little boys and dirt. You can't keep the two of them apart, can you? But, he has a trophy seashell for all his hard work." We all laughed, because it is so true. What a great day they must have had.
The Veteran Matchless Motorcycle Gang (Photo compliments of SimpsonS)
As we were leaving a 'Veteran Motorcycle Gang' arrived. They were all built by Matchless Motorcycles London, from around 1952. They were beauties. I especially love the one in the foreground with the sidecar. It even has space at the back for luggage. How cool is that?
Matchless London 1952 - with sidecar and space for luggage (Photo compliments of SimpsonS)