Things have been quite busy in our neck of the woods lately which is probably evident by my lack of blogging recently. Josh and I had a very exciting Christmas though and I finally have a moment to talk all about it!

The plan was to go spend Christmas with Josh’s dad who is working as a DOC (Department of Conservation) worker at the moment at the Abel Tasman National Park but we were nearly heartbroken to hear that the road in there was washed away in the recent storm and flooding.

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Where there is a will there is a way especially for these kiwis. Josh’s dad decided he would just come pick us up for Christmas on his boat and so that’s what he did instead. Some silly washed out roads weren’t going to wreck our Christmas!

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Unfortunately, the closed roads wrecked a lot of people’s Christmases. There are usually over 900 people at the campgrounds and this year there were less than 200. The people there were quite thrilled (well, except for the ones who were trapped there) but I’m sure a lot of people would have still loved to get there, too.

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So off we went to the DOC campground and there was Pete’s trusty bus. We got to stay with the DOC workers in the awesome part of camp so we felt special.

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Finally we got a decent picture of a weka. These are my favourite birds EVER.

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These trees are protected trees. They were there from the mid 1850s when the place was first settled and was originally a farm. It was some interesting history and I realized that I was turning into a boring old person because these sorts of things interested me.

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Don’t worry, though – I also decided that this particular tree should have had the scientific name “TREEUS AWESOMEUS” – so I’m still a kid at heart. Then I started calling the trees “my protectors.”

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Yup, the trees are THAT old.

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Well, maybe the campers could register here if the DOC workers weren’t cooking me Christmas dinner. Mwahaha.

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Unfortunately the beach is a bit dirty from the storm too. Usually it’s immaculate. Dumb storms.

Josh and I decided to go for a Christmas swim! This is where I get sunburned and won’t know until the evening. Stupid, stupid me.

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This little guy was awesome and let me take pictures of him. He is a cormorant which is another one of my favourite birds.

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BEST. PICTURE. EVER.

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Jellyfish magnifying glass.

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Christmas tea with the DOC workers! Guys… I ATE VENISON. I liked it.

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After Christmas tea (dinner/lunch/big meal) Josh and I decided to go for a Christmas hike to work it all off. I don’t think these pictures need much explanation.

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Josh decided to take the coastal way back along the rocks and I decided to take the same track back that we came. I took the camera and spied on him from above.

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Apparently he made seagull mad because he found their nest.

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HI JOSH

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The pohutukawa! A beautiful coastal tree. I think it’s even quite Christmasy. :)

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Oh, there’s Santa! I never knew my father in law was one of Santa’s elves!

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Santa is giving lollies to campers and making them happy and jolly! The campers even gave Santa some beers. Don’t tell.

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I saw a stingray!

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I chased the stingray all the way down the beach while Josh practiced his casting. Then I was sad because I realized I had to walk all the way back and I was tired from walking around all day.

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More Christmas food and even a surprise crayfish!

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We fed the leftover crayfish to some eels. These are also protected eels. You can’t eat these eels or you’d get fined $3000.

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It was a beautiful boxing day morning on the trip back home.

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Josh and I were going to go camping but decided not to go because the weather was supposed to turn poor where we were headed so we went back home instead and left it for a different day. We already had enough adventures on Christmas and we were tired and sunburned so we decided not to try and jam pack too much into one weekend.

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I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday.
The rest of the pictures are here if anyone is interested.

Comments on this post

  • Omg! That is the most beautiful place ever! So envious of where you live and all the awesome adventures you gon on. Glad you had a merry Christmas!

  • What a pretty place – its a shame storm shad to go being all jerk waddy and wrecking stuff! You sure had a different Christmas than most North Americans!!!

  • Looks like you guys had an awesome day. I love reading your blog posts, I get to learn a little bit about my own country. :P

    Why where the eels protected though? :O Odd I thought.

    • Haha, that’s great – I’m glad you feel you learn things! Everything is protected there since it is a national park. :)

  • Glad to hear you had a great last few days. That place looks so peaceful.

    Hope your sun burnt wasn’t that serious. Mine was alright (spent two days swimming in the Indian Ocean)

  • I love your photos Caity! And I’m always slightly jealous after I look at them lol. The birds are awesome! I love birds. That cormorant kind of looks like it’s singing lol. And those purple flowers are beautiful. I miss being close to beaches, no real beaches in the prairies :/ lol Merry Christmas!! :)

  • awesome! better than a white christmas I’d say :) beautiful!

  • You captured a really beautiful scene with that little cloud peeking out – I think you know what photo I’m talking about! :)

    I’m glad the flooded roads didn’t ruin your Christmas. It sounds like you were treated well and everyone was really helpful to the situation. :D I would have loved to have a beautiful Christmas like you.

    I don’t think you’re getting old or weird – I am absolutely fascinated by nature and by things that have been around for a while… just that kind of stuff really intrigues me. :’)

  • Leftover crayfish? Leftover crayfish? Sorry, I am not familiar with that term……

    • Hahaha! It was basically just the guts and slime that was left over. Well, really it was just the shell since we actually have those who even eat the guts!

  • So pretty, what an amazing Christmas! Also, eels? Way gross.

  • Lovely photos, Caity! I love the photos of your cormorant buddy :) Merry Christmas!

  • What a lovely Christmas! I would love to spend it camping ;-)

  • Beautiful pictures and beautiful girl in the pictures! I so wish I could go to New Zealand! But I will just have to live vicariously through you.

  • It looks like you had an amazing Christmas!

    Like Manda, I pretty much live vicariously through you. You have so many adventures and take such awesome pictures that I cant help but be jealous!

  • Beautiful pictures, Caity. So sorry to hear about the flooding but it sounds like you had a pretty nice adventurous Christmas :)

  • Awesome photos!!! Glad you had such a great holiday. :D

  • I love how your entries are always filled with such vivid photos. It looks like you had an awesome time and definitely a Christmas to remember! Happy holidays, Caity :)

  • Wow! Those pictures are so pretty :) Your camera takes great pics (as do the photographers LOL). What kind of camera do you use? I am jealous that you get to see sites like that in your everyday life. Very cool. I really don’t know what to think about the jellyfish magnifying glass. A little scary looking?! Haha. It’s so nice that the campers were able to give back to Santa in the best way possible while camping: beer!! Merry belated Christmas and I am so glad that your hubby’s dad was able to rescue you from the closed road.

  • Looks amazing! Christmas on the beach!

  • It reminds me of Paihia, but I remember you saying you live on the South Island though, way way way away from Paihia.

    Glad everything worked out and you guys got to spend Christmas with Josh’s dad.

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