Sunday, 14 August 2011

Kawhia and Rangimarie Bush Retreat

Last part North Island trip. On the last day of our trip in the North of the North island last summer we went to Kawhia, a coastal township beside a placid harbour. A place were time stood still, a place were it is quiet, where everybody knows each other and the pace of life is slow. On Kawhia beach you can dig yourself a hot pool and relax.

Little boats offer colour to the landscape

Shredding hurriedly along the shore

A nostalgic ship rests in the harbour
Set against the blue sky this residence stands out looking over the land with its many eyes
Our home for one day

The hollow tree smells of fresh honey

"Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake." Winny the  Pooh  by  A.A. Milne

We arrived early afternoon and had a wonderful last night at a magic place called Rangimarie Bush Retreat. We stayed in a gorgeous cottage with pots hanging from the ceiling and a nice terras with a hammock and benches where we hang out with Gerard, a Dutch man from brabant, who does the farm work here. As a treat he played the mandolin for us to dutch music. Two gorgeous grandchildren of Rowena stayed there and they managed to charm William straight away.
There is a wonderful outside bathtub and shower and a place were you dicover wonder and magic in every corner. The many farm animals, yellow ducklings adopted by a black and white duck, a beautiful river which we crossed and where you could see the eels swim and than of course the hollow tree where Pooh lives. At night we met up with Gereard again, had Pizza from their big outdoor oven and chatted the night away and in the morning we had a great breakfast  What a nice way to finish our trip.


  1. Good morning, Marja. What a delightful place. Loved the colorful boats and if you put a cross at the peak of the house, you would have a church. That building has great lines. Love the little wonderland you stayed at for a day and a night. Seriously special.

  2. Wonderful photos of your trip!I wish I could be there too.NZ is so beautiful!Just now I saw at t.V. a reportage about NZ!I´m so impressed!


  3. Marja, all of your pictures are just beautiful!
    The house you stayed at is really wonderful!
    And that tree, gosh, it's amazing!
    I can tell for all you shared here it was a wonderful time you had!

    I really enjoyed this post!
    Thank you for sharing!

    Margie x

  4. That sailboat was awesome. One of the books I am reading right now is the true story of a couple that sailed around the world. I'd love to try something like that.

  5. Such a wonderfully magical place! Wow!! I just LOVE this post! So serene and whimsical!

  6. Simply enchanting, Marja! My children had me read Winnie the Pooh over and over again when they were little. I love the idea that there is a tree someplace that is his home. Lovely!


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