Why? you ask. Carterton is the home of 'Paua World' a paua processing factory and shop and I thought it would be a great idea to do something different and show the boys some more of this beautiful country with some paua shopping thrown in for good measure!
Saturday morning we jumped into my brother-in-law's recently purchased bus and off we went on our weekend adventure, returning Sunday afternoon having seen beautiful countryside, visited playgrounds, free pools (go Carterton District Council!), Paua World, discovered Waipawa Country Traders - such cool finds, stayed at a brilliant camping ground, visited the annual Otane Country Fair, tried a skatepark under a bridge, found the pie masters (how many awards can one small Waipukurau bakery have won? Stacks - try their Pork & Kumara says hubby - the best!).
Here are just a few of our pics...
|Oh look - my tools and just a few components 'slipped' into my bag!|
|The borrowed bus|
|Enjoying pancakes for breakfast|
|Can you guess the attraction for the boys at Otane Country Fair?!|
|Some beautifully presented stalls were a joy to view and buy from|
|Paua World, Carterton|
|Only country in the world you'll see this road sign!|
|The famous Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka|
|Eketahuna - why a giant kiwi? It's kinda freaky!|
|$40 pick and mix bag of beautiful tumbled, polished paua|
|All paua shopped out!|
What's been your favourite break away this summer? Do share.