We left Auckland about 11am after seeing off Malcolm, Deborah and kids, packing and a visit to the petrol station. A quick stop in Cambridge for lunch and the 'scenic route' via Rotorua meant we arrived at Ohope Beach around 4pm.
The Guppies had rented a lovely house right on the beach at the far end of Ocean Road and we were lucky enough to have the downstairs room off the garage to ourselves with its own bathroom.
We spent three gorgous days at the beach with the kids swimming, boogie boarding, building sandcastles and playing cricket. The adults did some of that as well as copious amounts of reading, drinking, eating and playing '500'. At various stages we also caught up with the Guppie friends - Dena and Jeff (Poo); Sandy and Kevin and kids; Lucy, Alex and George.
It was nice to come home and get rid of all the sand and sleep in our own beds after having visitors in the house for four days and then all sleeping in the same room at the beach! Poor Karl is back to work on Monday!