It was going to be an emotional day. Luckily for me, my parents flight wasn't until night time so I got to spend a whole day with them. We were determined to make the most of it...
We had a leisurely morning and took a drive out to Piha Beach. It's stunning; a windswept beach with sand dunes, the remnants of a volcanic eruption and white crested waves (perfect for surfers). We had a walk along the beach and of course a cuppa.
Me and Jason went on a walk to the north side of the beach on a hunt for blue penguins (we didn't see anything though). They're tonnes of shells on the rocks and you can hear them popping around you.
Elevation Restaurant proved to be the perfect pick for our celebratory 'end of holiday' lunch. There were brilliant views over Auckland from their dining terrace where we enjoyed a smashing lunch; white wine, pork ribs, risotto, ginger and pear crumble... amazing!
After a leisurely lunch there was just enough time to enjoy a drink back in Auckland Harbour, where there are some very swish bars by the sea. Although I'd gone a little subdued at this point at the thought of saying goodbye to mum and dad :-(
The drive to the airport was really strange... I'd looked forward to seeing my parents so much, and the weeks had flown by and now I'd got no other date in the diary to see them again. It was very emotional saying goodbye to them at the airport, there were a few tears shed. I think Jason's said it in a previous blog, but as hard as it is being away from family, those precious weeks spent together on holiday are like nothing you'd get at home; being with mum & dad in New Zealand, so much laughter and creating lasting memories that I will treasure forever. Thank you Mum and Dad! X