After a crazy awful summer in Wellington, we decided we needed to see a bit of summer, so decided on a revisit to one of our favourite parts of New Zealand. 23 years ago, when our kids were very young and Chris worked for the Dept of Conservation (DoC), we did a road trip around parts of Northland, staying in DoC accommodation for very cheap rates. One of our special finds was Matai Bay, on the Karikari peninsula. We decided we would head there again this month, and as we have a little more experience under our belts (and the bed at the DoC house was one of the worst ever!) we stayed at the Carrington Resort, about 10 minutes down the road.

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