Outdoor snapshots from our last days of winter in Wellington

It’s officially spring here in New Zealand (meaning lots of gorgeous flowers and lambs, trees in bud and time to get busy in the garden!).

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The beautiful Kowhai tree in bloom: A favourite with the Tui (a native NZ bird).

Our last few weeks of winter weather in Wellington were actually really kind to us. We have had mostly mild weather, not much rain and the wind hasn’t been so harsh as to stop us getting out and enjoying ourselves.

We’ve been walking the town-belt tracks that wind through the suburbs of Wellington, with our crazy dog Cocoa.

Tawatawa reserve, Wellington

Tawatawa reserve, Wellington

Enjoying a weekend in Martinborough, the wine growing hub of the Wairarapa (just an hour’s drive from Wellington), that felt more like spring than winter.

A winter weekend in Martinborough that felt more like spring!

A winter weekend in Martinborough that felt more like spring!

The garden has come alive with daffodils and hellebores.

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Late winter and the daffodils are welcoming in the sunshine.

¬†We’ve made the most of windy days, grabbing our kites and heading out the door…

Kite flying at Ataturk Park

Kite flying at Ataturk Park

Blowing bubbles in the back garden and celebrating the first signs of spring –

Welcome little flowers!

Welcome little flowers!

Hanging out at the local playground…

Strong Miss 10!

Strong Miss 10!

Hiring a ‘crocodile bicycle’ on the Wellington waterfront and taking a ride with friends (whilst catching Pokemon!) –

Crocodile cycling on Wellington waterfront.

Crocodile cycling on Wellington waterfront.

And enjoying the gorgeous movie adaptation of ‘The BFG’. Loved it sooooo much!

Making a 'dream jar' after reading 'The BFG' and watching the amazing movie.

Making a ‘dream jar’ after reading ‘The BFG’ and watching the amazing movie.

And finally, enjoying beautiful spaces to do a bit of outdoor yoga. Hooray!

Stretching in the winter sunshine at Oriental Parade.

Stretching in the winter sunshine at Oriental Parade.

It’s been a really good winter, but we’ve missed the long days and sunny evenings. It will be so great to see the clocks shift forward soon, so we can have more ‘play time’ in the evenings.

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