We all have these photos … throwback photos!

It’s described as ‘nostalgia-inducing pictures … from a different era of your life”.

Every Thursday we will throw a photo of ‘way back when’ on our blog. Why on a Thursday? Because it’s just a day away from the weekend … and we love weekends!

You are welcome to join in or just enjoy the photos (#TB Thursday).

New Zealand – 2019

Oh, we know that 2019 is not that long ago at all … but still, sometimes it feels like a lifetime ago that we visited New Zealand.

We have a series of New Zealand posts on our blog, but today we just want to share a couple of photos of a really beautiful place we visited back in March 2019.

Cathedral Cove (North Island, New Zealand)

Cathedral Cove is one of the ‘must visit’ sites in the southern part of Mercury Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Cathedral Cove (Te Whanganui-A-Hei)

This famous rock/cave formation has been carved by rough seas over centuries and is located right on the edge of the ocean.

Usually this little beach is packed with tourists, but we were lucky to find only a few people wandering around … probably because our visit was pretty close to the end of summer.

The view at the top Cathedral Cove lookout

You can read about our visit to Cathedral Cove (and Hot Water Beach) here.


57 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday #9

    1. Jy’s reg Una … dis miskien hoekom dit so lank terug voel, dis soos ‘n ander deel van ons lewe. Ons was verras met die natuurlike skoonheid in New Zealand en Cathedral Cove was beslis geen uitsondering!


    1. You’re right John … 2019 was definitely a “different lifetime” 🙃. We have great memories of this “carefree” time. And yes, one can only dream of walking on these roads again at some time!


  1. Wow, just look at all these wonderful places. I love visiting beaches, more so if there are huge rocks emerging from the sea. Cathedral Cove and its famous cave/rock formation on the Coromandel Peninsula is a must for every visitor to New Zealand. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. I’m a fan of beaches too Aiva! The Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand is a wonder of nature … and of course there is this little gem called Cathedral Cove! Thanks for reading and your valued comments. Have a happy Friday and weekend 🌸.

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    1. I saw the most beautiful ocean colours around New Zealand … and most of the days (in our 4 month visit) it was this amazing shade of blue! We stayed close to Auckland while we were visiting New Zealand (but almost never visited the city, because there were so many other lovely places)! Now I wish we have …

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  2. Beautiful! I don’t think I was following your blog when you posted about New Zealand… definitely going to go back and find those posts. It’s a place I really want to visit!

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    1. No, I don’t think you have. It was one of our first series of posts (after the Camino’s). You will find MANY beautiful places there where you can do your amazing handstands! Just imagine … one of your perfect handstands right in front of Cathedral Cove 🙂.

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  3. Such fun! I once experienced a version of this. In the Antarctic there is a collapsed volcano called Deception Island. The waters are boiling hot/freezing cold. You have to find just the right spot and try to move around to avoid freezing or being boiled alive. Of course we did it for fun and photos. The best part was that the cruise director greeted us on the beach with towels and rum! Your experience looked better fun. I only ever got to spend a few hours in New Zealand which hardly counts. Mum and I were on a ship going back to England and it docked to pick people up in Wellington. It was a passenger ship, not a cruise. I’m not sure such a thing even exists anymore. I was sad to see that the New Zealand PM resigned but she seems to have done a brilliant job. Always fun to see your throwbacks!

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    1. Oh, the Antarctic 👀. I’m not so sure if that would be so much fun (too cold/too hot) … but then again, when a bottle of rum is waiting on the beach … oh well, it can’t be that bad 😄. It must have been a wonderful experience! We enjoyed our time at Hot Water Beach tremendously – we only left after sunset when our little hole got destroyed by the waves. It is possible that passenger ships have been replaced by cruise ships. So you took the ship back to England – why didn’t you fly? Yes, I heard NZ’s PM resigned – she has a little girl if I’m not mistaken, so maybe she felt it was time to spend more time with her family. Thank you for enjoying our throwbacks with us – it’s fun for us too!


  4. I have only managed 10 days in New Zealand and that was in 2014 – I had hoped to have returned before now as it is a wonderful country and I would love to explore more. I’ll check out your NZ posts.

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    1. We were there for 4 months (without visiting the South Island – which is apparently more beautiful than the North Island) so, we will have to go back ourselves to explore more of New Zealand! I always say New Zealand is a country in different shades of green – probably like the UK 🙂.


    1. Hmm, it’s quite a popular beach … I’m happy we got there with only a few tourists! Thanks Maggie (I’m way behind with your blog and so looking forward to read about all your adventures, but things are a bit hectic here at the moment – Berto’s been admitted to hospital and had an operation – and I’m on auto pilot 😔).


  5. More happy memories Corna from what looks to be a peaceful and picturesque spot. There’s nothing like having a beach like that to yourselves when usually it’s humming with people. I have never been to New Zealand, but my sister spent a year living there and loved it.

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    1. That was indeed the bonus Leighton – an almost deserted Cathedral Cove (especially after our friends warned us it could get quite busy)! I’m sure your sister told you how beautiful (and very green) New Zealand is – definitely worth a (long) visit!

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    1. Oh, no I didn’t know that. I googled her quickly and see she’s from New Zealand … no wonder she would choose Cathedral Cove as a location for one of her music videos! Thank for letting me know, I’m definitely going to check it out.

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