Happy New Year Auckland Holiday View from Waiheke Island Ferry

What is 2017 going to bring? + Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Nina Makes!

We had a lovely family holiday in Auckland this year.  Nearly all the photos in this post are from our trip, all taken on my trusty Samsung Galaxy S5 (not an ad!).  It was great to experience a city environment it had sure been a while!  The kids had a blast checking out the Auckland Zoo, Kelly Tarlton’s and Butterfly Creek.  My highlight would have to be the day spent at Waiheke Island catching up with friends, and ferries are lots of fun too.

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Trip to the Tairawhiti Museum Gisborne NZ

Tairawhiti Museum Visit
My sister rang this morning while I was taking the kids grocery shopping (ugh!) thought I would get in early before it got hot and busy!  She wanted to go to the Tairawhiti Museum today, she had heard that local children were free on Monday’s (maybe just in the school holidays) and it turns out adults are free too.  Since I have only ever been to the cafe there I jumped at the chance.
There was a whole room dedicated to cameras and photography.  Including a cute backdrop with ‘olden day’ dress ups you could put on.  I love how interactive museums are becoming, so much more fun especially for the kids.

It really makes you appreciate the smart phone rather than having to lug around one of these beauties.
There were some great shots of our main street from just a few years ago.  I think Harry was in a face pulling mood today!
This gorgeous replica is of the ‘Star of Canada’ part of which has been rebuilt as part of the museum.  The details in these models is amazing the photo just doesn’t do them justice!
There are even the gorgeous plaques of the original shipbuilders.   So I guess the Star of Canada was built in Belfast Ireland…wouldn’t have guessed!
Captain Harry sure was keen on taking charge!
But what really got me was the attention to detail on the Captain’s deck of the boat.  Image how much work this would have been before modern tools were invented!
Oh you just have to love a port hole!  Esepecially with a gorgeous view of the Taruheru river!  It always reminds me of those childhood day dreams of being at sea…
Tairawhiti Museum Visit a 
Now for the more sewing related find…check out these two beauties I found in a very dark room.  The lighting made them stand out beautifully!
This really was only a taste, and a great morning was had by all.  I would like to go again without the rugrats so I can actually read a little more about the pieces!  If you’re ever in this neck of the woods check it out.

A little more about me


My name is Nina and I am the person behind Nina Makes. I am a Dutch born Kiwi, part time Teacher Aide and Mum of two. Hannah aged 8 years and Harry aged 6 years…no both having ‘H’ names wasn’t specially planned but is coming in handy when naming clothing that can be handed down! I love to sew, write blog posts and craft of just about any kind. Especially trying out new things. I have been blogging here at Nina Makes since June 2015. In that time I’ve created quite a stack of tutorials and a few pattern reviews too.

Nina Makes A Little More About Me Family Beach

This is my little family having our first ever family photo shoot…I love these ‘real’ shots! Of course it’s at the beach…where else when you have that kind of beauty so close to home. We live on the mostly sunny East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand, I love it here. A little isolated for sure, with a rather sad lack of fabric shops but that gets the upcycling ideas flowing.

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