Lighthouses have been a bit of a theme for the two of them, as they first met on a trek to the lighthouse at Cape Brett at the end of December last year.
We visited Cape Reinga two years ago, so we declined the invitation to join them. Just as well.
Instead, we packed up and then journeyed north in the family pick up to meet them at Henderson Bay, where the family farm is. Andy's mother's family, the Subritzky and Wagener families, were amongst the earliest pioneers in this region, and there are reminders in road names as well as the Wagener Holiday Park at Houhoura.
Then, off to the bach (pronounced batch) in Allan Dow's pick up. We drove through the farm towards Mt Camel, walking the last few hundred yards with our gear to the tiny cottage nestled at its foot.
|Cat and Andy|
|Abstract tree...and, somewhere, a white-faced heron|
A walk along the edge of the inlet provided amazing views and interesting treasures...
|Not Mr Fish's best side...|
Then, back to Ahipara and to meet Andy's parents, Sue and Allan...
|Family time indoors|