On the way to Tauranga in the North Island we stopped in the mural town Katikati. it has more than 40 great murals and above a selection.
There are many kiwi fruit farms in this area. New Zealand has great kiwi fruit. We are trying to grow one in our garden and when the summers keeps on being this hot than we get our own kiwi fruit in a couple of years.
Not far from Tauranga is Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcanic cone. The Mount is sitting with town Mount Maunganui on a sand bar. It has on one side a harbour beach and on the other side a great surf beach.
Mount Maunganui has a busy and beautiful long stretch of beach. It is the Costa Del Sol of New Zealand. Popular with the Young (and not so young) and there are many resorts, hotels, shops etc. Cruise ships like to stop here as well. A bit too busy for us though.
On the way back we passed the town Matamata or Hobbiton as it is close to the film location where the Hobbits lived in the Lord of the Rings.