We chose to go to Anzac Bay which is about 122km from our house. We knew about this place from our Msian friends who had been there. From their photos (they posted on FB), we knew the place is a secluded beach with breathtaking sceneries. We left our house @ 8.30 a.m. It was about 1 hour 40 minutes drive (plus abt 5 mins at a petrol station).We passed Morrinsville, Waitoa, Waihou, Te Aroha, Waitoki, Paeroa and Waihi.
Once we were there, the first thing that we did was deciding where to have a picnic. We spotted a perfect place down. Just before we headed to the beach, we took couple of photos.
After a few photos, we headed down to the beach. We had to be careful when we walked on the beach as there were so many broken shells. Most of the time, we put on our jandals. Only when we wanted to wade in the water, we took them off. The weather was fine when we arrived but there was gentle breezes from time to time. Fathini and Hafizah were quite excited to see the beach as it was the first time for us for this summer. We had a lot of freedom to do what we wanted too as there were not so many people at that beach on that day. But somehow, some eyes were fixed on me as I wade into the water with my daughters. Why? Obviously I was the only one with full clothes on and with my headscarf.
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Fathini and Hafizah didn't spend too long in the water. They were cold after about 20 minutes. (masa summer pun air laut kat sini sejuk. kalau tak pakai wet suit, tak boleh nak berenang dlm laut). They then warmed up their bodies by eating chips. They didn't really eat my pasta bake and the fish cakes. They just gobbled up the whole packet of chips. While they were eating, my hubby and I took some more photos and also one sort-of-romantic photo of us. haha. My hubby decided to pose for the camera too when he sat on a big rock.
After we were there about 1 1/2 hours, we could see it was getting cloudy and definitely the rain was coming. Hmmm the fun was almost over and we had to pack our things. Before we left, we could see a stingray upclose as it was swimming so close to the beach. Later, we found a dead jellyfish. (nasib baik dah mati, kalau tak kot2 kami kena sengat pulak.huhu) We thought we could stay longer at the beach and enjoyed the scenes. No luck! Plus Fathini and Hafizah had started to shiver as they needed to change their swimsuits (or kiwis call them togs). My hubby had the last chance to be in the water while I brought my girls to the toilet to get change. We thought there's a shower in the toilet but there was none. I had to just change them into dry clothes and then waited for my hubby to get change after that. While waiting, we (my daughters and I) were tempted to buy ice creams as we could see an ice cream truck there. We could see other people were enjoying their ice creams. BUT.....my hubby said no because Fathini and Hafizah were still shivering and having runny noses too.
We left the place by noon and we had taken a lot of photos to remind us about this nice surprise. I would like to share some more nice scenery photos. Feast your eyes and enjoy the photos.