Saturday, May 28, 2016

Purangi Winery and Hot Water Beach

This afternoon we finally saw the sun for the first time in a long time, so we divided our time between the Purangi Winery and the Hot Water Beach. The winery is a funky little place, with fun activities, wood-fired pizzas, and a variety of adult beverages to sample. The beach has a hot spring under it, and, at low tide, you can dig holes in the sand to bring the hot water up. It feels pretty much just like bath water and is a phenomenon I have never before experienced. What the kids liked better than the hot water, though, were the huge rocky and forested hills along the beach, with all their caves and climbing challenges and mud. They explored all the nooks and crannies and seriously had to be hosed down before we could let them in the house. In their book, it was the mark of a good day. And, in my book, any day at the beach is a good day!

Purangi Winery

Plants of Purangi

Foosball at the winery

Delicious wood-fired pizzas

Hot Water Beach

I do not ever get tired of watching the waves

All these people are digging for hot water and creating their own little hot tubs

My little mountain goats

Climbing makes this boy so very happy


Ready to explore the cave

Up and up they go

Clay's little rock pony

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