January 3, 2009

New Year Camping Trip – Part One!

Happy New Year!!

We hope you have all had a fantastic time! I know we certainly have.

On the 30th we headed off to Paekakariki (which is 20 minutes outside Wellington) for the most amazing camping trip ever. We met up with 6 of our closest friends and their families. What became of the days that followed are some of the most unbelievable moments ever, I cannot express to you just how much fun we have had – it has been so awesome.

We stayed at the Paekakariki Holiday Park from the 30th December to the 2nd January. Joining us were the families of:

Jo, Lewi and their sweetest children Sammy and Davey.
Joy, Dave (Lewis’s brother) and their boy Josh, who also brought a friend of his along.
Craig, Rachel and their gorgeous boy Myles.
Stef, Rich and their gorgeous girl Daisy.
Tony, Denyse and their two stunning girls Beth and Maddie.
Susan, Grant and their beautiful children Samuel and Sophie.

We were booked in a 5 tent space plot (as when I booked this was all that was left) but the plot was of good size and in fact worked out perfectly. We all managed to get setup without any problems and a communal area was created in the middle courtesy of Lewi’s gazebo. It couldn’t have been a more of a perfect secluded private spot. The beer flowing from Camp Dawes upon arrival!

We all agreed to arrive at the same time and so we went forth with much standing around deliberating, hands on hips and scratching heads, finally leading the way to some serious tent building. Afterwards we all sat back, the children played and the alcohol was unleashed.

After the children all went to bed (without any trouble at all) we sat out till the wee hours talking and laughing. I will admit that before the trip I was a little concerned as to whether the different characters could/would relate, but it couldn’t have been any easier. Everything was so relaxed, no-one felt that they needed to always go places together or always eat together, everyone could suit themselves, yet because of the way we setup we were all close enough to still be part of it all.

So as you can imagine I have a massive amount of photos and video. I am planning on doing the blog posts in three stages. So over the next few days you will get three installments, I will warn you now, there are some naughty words being used so please watch with caution!

Here we go, installment number one: New Year Camping Trip – Part One!

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  • Mam Lee

    January 4, 2009 at 12:36 am

    FAB-U-LOUS that’s the way to spend a new year, cant wait for the next installments. x

  • prin

    January 4, 2009 at 4:29 am

    lol @ somebody actually standing with hands on hips at the beginning. Grin

    and lol @ Bethany trying to figure out why it should be white wine. Grin

    And then there were pants that lit up in the night… Grin

    Looks like a fun time. Smile

  • Sarah

    January 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Totally radical dudes! I have the BIGGEST smile on my face having watched the video and was rocking along to the music in the background. So wrapped that you had the best time, we were thinking of you heaps and perhaps we’ll buy us a tent and join you next year!

    Love Bethany with the ‘red’ wine, the in the dark random shots of film, the setting up of camp and all the lovey dovey shots of lots of hugs and merriment with the good ‘ole Stella sun-shade in the background.

    FABULOUS! Looking forward to the next installment!

    Family Lee

  • Rachel

    January 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Ha Ha Ha – are you the blog queen or what – brill pics just can’t wait to see the rest of it – we had an amazing time and thanks to all who made it such a special New Years – this has got to be the best family New Years we’ve ever had and to be our first one as Kiwi’s in training too – it can’t get better than that!!!

    thank you sooooo much Dawes you are the bestest – Rach x

  • Smudgers

    January 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    hahahaha am loving it loving it loving it!! and that was just the first night!! cant wait for the 2nd one!! xxx

  • Domestic Executive

    January 6, 2009 at 7:40 am

    It looked like a mad camp. Fantastic video and pictures. All that camping gear – all the home comforts I noticed. It looked a blast!

    JT x

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