Anniversary day and the living's easy
Taranaki turned on the heat on anniversary day yesterday and folks were out in force soaking up the sun at New Plymouth's parks and beaches.
As the temperature rose to 24 degrees, people headed outside to enjoy the warm weather.
At Port Taranaki, the breakwater car park overflowed with boat trailers that spilled over onto Ocean View Pde, a testament to the number of people out fishing.
About low tide at the boat ramp, a line of four vehicles towing trailers waited their turn, while three others loaded trailers.
Along the breakwater, dog walkers, cyclists, surf casters and people fishing off the jetty were out in their droves.
John Erickson of Waitara was "kicking back" on the regional holiday, taking his 86 Harley Davidson out for a ride.
He said he had made a trip to the lee breakwater to watch his boys come in from a fishing trip.
On Ngamotu beach, Eltham youngster Nazeer Rye, 3, was having a blast chasing seagulls in his gumboots.
"He doesn't get to go to the beach very often," dad Stuart Rye said.
Sandy beaches like Ngamotu were a real treat for his son.
Over at East End Reserve, popular cafe Paris Plage was packed and owner Fred Laude said there were a lot of families out "biking, walking and having fun".
He had even seen a couple of bikini-clad customers on the summery day.
He said kids had especially enjoyed the mini slip'n'slide that was set up on one of the reserve's gentle hills.
The cafe had been busy all weekend and he was looking forward to upcoming events in the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, including this weekend's Womad.
Also at the reserve was cycle-hire business Wind Wanderers, owned by Adrian Joubert.
He said the day had not been particularly busy for them but they were not too concerned.
"It can be unpredictable. We get days when we are really busy and then some days we don't get a single customer."
And at Brooklands Zoo, 9-year-old Amazon Bush of Stratford was keeping cool by hanging out up a tree.
He said he had already been to the beach and another park, and had "lots of cold drinks" before heading up to the zoo with his four brothers, three sisters, his koro, his nan and his mum. "There's a lot of fun animals here," Amazon said.
His sister Skylah Walker, 7, was also having a great Anniversary Day "going places and looking at the birds and the animals."
Taranaki Daily News