A short drive later, we were back at Kat's place just in time for a very belated lunch of toasted cheese sandwiches and Haribo Tangfastics. After much catching up and generally admiring Kat's new house, we went for a little walk along the foreshore and came back via a trip to the dairy (otherwise known to Australia as the milk bar). Which was, I think, about the time that I discovered that my entire life was a lie and that Hairy McLary is not, in fact, from a dairy as in the place where they milk cows, but from a dairy as in a MILK BAR. It's been several weeks now and I still feel betrayed for inexplicable reasons.
Anyway, we picked up a Kapiti stick each - mine was raspberry and white chocolate and it was amaaaaaazing - and headed back to the house for a few drinks on the balcony, a spot of dinner, and Hocus Pocus on DVD. Because, obviously.
The next day, after endlessly mocking the Shopping Channel while having breakfast, we piled into Kat's ute and headed north. We stopped in Wellsford for an early lunch, then continued on to the Kauri Museum at Matakohe where, despite being allowed to take photos, I completely neglected to because I was so busy being all "Holy crap, these dudes were hardcore" over the early kauri foresters. We ended up spending several hours there because there was so much stuff to see. We made it back to Auckland just in time for Cider O'Clock and sunset on the deck:
And then we watched Heavenly Creatures, which is an INCREDIBLY weird film.
The following day, we got back in the ute and headed out to Puhoi for some cheese tasting and ice cream nomming. Award winning ice cream, nonetheless! If you go, I heartily recommend the Dutch chocolate/mixed berry combination:
Luckily, we didn't come across any. Bethells Beach has black sand thanks to the surrounding volcanic rock, and we quickly discovered that black sand gets rather warm in the sun. Thankfully(?), it clouded over not long after we got there so it was actually bearable to walk on the sand. It was almost deserted and amazingly gorgeous:
Aaaaaand this is already long enough, so I'll leave what we did on the way back from the beach until next time!