Sunday stroll in Makara, NZ


There’s nothing like a family stroll on a Sunday morning on a perfectly sunny winters day; and it’s even better when you’re lucky enough to be able to walk around this little bit of paradise…just a 30 minute drive from my house.




Unfortunately I’ve spent a good amount of my time at home being sick. In fact, this week I was laid up in bed pretty much all week. Come Sunday I was on the up, feeling better and desperate to get out of the house. Lucky for me it was a scorcher of a winters day…I mean, it was’t quite bikini weather but I definitely left the house with one or two too many layers on.



I don’t know whether it was the sun, fresh air, the smell of the sea or the fact I had been cooped up in bed for the past week, but we decided toΒ turn our beach stroll into a solid trek/climb up the hill.


It was tough going but the views at the top were worth it to say the least.


From the top of the ridge, on one side you could see across to the South Island and in the other direction you could see all the way up to Kapati Island on the west coast of the North Island.


If I wasn’t out of breath enough already, we decided to continue onwards and upwards towards the old gun emplacements and windmill park.



Although I haven’t felt so out of shape in a long time, the views were still amazing.




My Dad used to bring me up here when I was little and we would run around and play in the old lookouts. Although some of them are closed off now, it was still cool to be able to go back and explore my old playground.


It was a perfect winter’s day and the perfect day out with family.


I feel pretty lucky this is all right in my backyard.



17 Comments Add yours

  1. Jill says:

    Gorgeous photos!!! I love the panorama with the sun in the background. Amazing!


  2. Wow these pictures are beautiful! I haven’t been to New Zealand yet…hopefully one day!


  3. Anu Scento says:

    Beautiful pictures πŸ™‚


  4. I’m actually thinking of heading to New Zealand in November so this was perfect timing and great inspiration.


  5. kathylei says:

    Hope you’re feeling better! The photos are beautiful πŸ™‚


  6. akmommy2013 says:

    Gorgeous photos! Makes me want to pack up and visit.


  7. Kirsten says:

    New Zealand was amazing! I can’t wait to go back! Great pics!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Wilbys World says:

      Where abouts did you go? Favourite place? πŸ™‚


  8. That’s what a winter day looks like? I am living in the wrong place! Beautiful pictures! I’ve always wanted to go there.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Wilbys World says:

      Haha well…this isn’t a normal winters day I would say…but we get a handful of these every winter! This winter has been especially kind with the weather πŸ™‚


  9. ontherytepaige says:

    So beautiful!! I’ve always wanted to go there.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Wilbys World says:

      Thank you! It’s worth the trip I promise πŸ™‚


  10. Monica says:

    What incredible views!! I’ve never made it to that part of the world, but really hope that I get to chance to in the next few years.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Wilbys World says:

      Aren’t they amazing! Wellington has some of the best views in the country πŸ™‚ Good luck! It’s worth the long flight x


  11. You live near here!? So lucky!!! I want to visit New Zealand real soon. Hopefully in early 2018. Subscribed to your Youtube channel via Travel Pockets πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Wilbys World says:

      Yeah it’s literally just over the hill from my house…about 25 minutes away πŸ™‚ Ooooh do it, I may have a slight bias but it is an amazing place. Thank you, I hope you enjoy x


  12. lionnina says:

    Wow, amazing pics!!

    Liked by 1 person

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