The alchemy of architecture & daily life
It has been a wet winter, and with school holidays now upon us, it's time to get out and blow the cobwebs away.
We recently took a trip out to Awhitu Peninsula to discover yet another beautiful part of this country. Awhitu means ' a place of longing' or 'longing to return' in Maori. The hills (based on sanddunes) have been carved by the wind, the trees balance themselves against the westerly storms ... the landscape has a quiet yet powerful strength.
Known for the lighthouse at Manukau Heads, it also has some amazing beaches nearby. Both the raw and rugged black sand surf beach Karioitahi and the gentle Eastern beaches, such as Orua Bay, are well worth the trip. Nearby is Awhitu Regional Park full of beautiful walking tracks and beaches amidst the folding hills.
If you feel like getting away from it all without the kids, try the stunning Castaways resort and spa, or a weekend Glamping adventure, (its certainly a great way of winding down!). The nice thing about this area so close to Auckland, is that it has the benefits of our incredible West and East Coast beaches in one place without the traffic or tourists. So if you are short of things to do these holidays you know where to go!