Surfers Paradise - Kaikoura

Hey there! Recently a group of friends and I packed up for a long weekend away in Kaikoura to celebrate my 30th. We stayed in the most amazing bach just North of Kaikoura in Mangamaunu and had a few wonderful days chilling out, surfing, walking and probably most of all.. eating! 

Here are some photos from our stay: 

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

This amazing little bach was just a few metres from the ocean, just across the railway tracks (the trains surprisingly didn't bother us too much.. unless you were outside in a tent..  and if anything the trains kept us quite entertained!). There was also a gorgeous little caravan next door which the owners let us use too.. with an outdoor kitchen, shower and bath - perfect for rinsing off the sand after a surf! 

This is the beach.. beautiful right? 

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

We did have a surf on the beach just outside the bach but as the drop off is quite steep it did dump onto the sand quite dramatically - so we had to make sure not to get caught up in it! Still it was fun! We also went to the point just South of the bach where there were quite a few people out, which had better swell, but we had to be careful not to get washed up on the rocks! 

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

It was warm enough to not wear a wet suit.. well at least I thought so! So i tried out my new me made rashvest - for which I am making a pattern for! I really liked it, and although there are a couple of modifications - has spurred me on to get it finished soon!

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

The bach itself was beautifully decorated and made us feel right at home - my friend Rosie who actually discovered this cool wee place first - is pretty much obsessed with it! I think I might be the same. Such a perfect place to hang out (and as you can see below.. plenty of stove tops to make a tonne of coffee.. kinda important with 11 people staying!).

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

 We even found some time to copy patterns onto butter paper and cut out some fabric.. ! 

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Not a bad place in the evenings too.. ;)

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

Salt&Stitch Surfers Paradise Kaikoura

I hope you are all looking forward to the Christmas holidays!  I am really excited for more surf times.. !!! 

P.S most of the photos were taken with my old Pentax MX film camera (without the batteries for the light metre whoops!) - and some from my phone :)

xxx