Thursday, March 28
Feeling more than a bit pooped out, we took it easy today. There were a few things we wanted to do before leaving Tauranga on Friday. One of them was to go back to a few of our favorite shops and get more gifts - both for home and here in New Zealand.
Our first stop was back at the heritage village, with its inexpensive but beautiful mineral rock collection.
Our next stop was downtown Tauranga, along the Strand, which is the main shopping drag in front of the harbour. Richard and Stacy had been here before, but it was a first visit for Alex and Caitlin. There were lots of shops to explore. Afterwards, we went back to Mount Manganui... a little time on the beach, followed by a visit to the Bayside Shopping Mall.
Finally, we headed back to the farm for a quiet dinner, followed by a busy evening. Ray and Judy came up from the bottom of the hill, and Graham and Jeanette's daughter Janelle came home for the weekend from the University of Auckland. Lots of teasing and hilarity ensued.
The evening went late, Janelle finally went down to Ray and Judy's for the night, and Richard got his web site postings totally up to date...
Tomorrow we'd leave Tauranga and head up the coast for the final leg of our trip before returning home.