I also had a mountain view from my bed at the Airbnb place we were staying in, but that was less good luck and more good shopping on my part!Our Airbnb bach was perfect. From the fresh baking waiting with the welcome note,
to the perfectly-placed chairs on the patio overlooking the sea (which reminded me that I really need to get back to work on my writers' retreat).
We popped into the local village for fish and chips on our first night
which we washed down, as per family tradition, with a bottle of New Zealand bubbles
before watching the sun set into the sea.
(We loved the bach's deranged-looking seagull).
Being from a land-locked city, I had to go for a walk along the beach
(which, with large rocks and black volcanic sand,
may not look much like the beaches you know).
One of the main reasons for our trip to New Plymouth was to visit The Len Lye Centre, a recently-opened gallery celebrating the work of renowned New Zealand kinetic artist Len Lye:
Here are a couple of short videos I took of a couple of his pieces that were on display: Flip and Two Twisters,
and an image of Once More with Feeling, a work by Rebecca Baumann.
Our final pilgrimage while in New Plymouth was to Tupare, a beautiful arts-and-crafts house created by Taranaki architect James Chapman-Taylor, set in extensive gardens.
This involved the major disappointment of the trip: we knew in advance that we wouldn't be able to time our visit to coincide with one of the regular guided tours of the inside of the house, and were heartened to read that tours could be organised by prior arrangement.Alas, we never got a reply to our inquiry.
Which I suppose we should be pleased about really,
as it gives us another good reason for a return visit to the area!
We did manage to wander around some of the garden, though.
And visit the gardener's cottage,
which, luckily, was open.