B and I went for a short drive last week down our road and discovered the Grey River is about a 4 minute drive. This spectacular scenery is what we have virtually in our own backyard. Although poor Auckland has been under water with some serious flooding we've had 30 degree temperatures and the town is on water restrictions for those using the main water supply. Fortunately we are able to use this or stick to our water tank which we've done successfully so far, we haven't had to fill it up at all from the main town supply. It's strange that the north island and south islands seem to have swapped climates - you would expect we would be getting the opposite events that we've been having.
I remember when I was a child growing up in Auckland, many summers were spent at many of the beaches up there and we would have endless hot sunny days but now they just don't seem to have them.