PRECIOUS CARGO: Cousins Alexandra and Samantha Carmichael amd Izabella Gordon takes shelter in a car boot at the Pirongia Races on Boxing Day.
SUMMER FUN: Kaehiloa Harrison, 17 months, gets wet in the American Modernist Garden pool at the Hamilton Gardens.
IN MOTION: A keen beach-goer is captured mid-air as he prepares to skim across the water.
BABY BUGS: Lisa Johns holds her ""colourful summer babies" in the palm of her hand.
NO HANDS: Four-year-old Oliver gets towed by his dad on Lake Karapiro.
SPEED DEMON: Junior rider Jaan Anderson has a blast during the Bel Ray Cross Country race at Naike.
WATER BABY: At only 10 months old, Keegan is a keen swimmer and here he takes a much-loved dip underwater.
WIDE-EYED: Tyler Jack enjoys his first summer at Waihi Beach.
BIG CATCH: A seabird snags a fish in the Hauraki Gulf.
LOVELY: Mikayla Jane Gaddes captured a sign that love is in the air in Raglan.
SPLASHING AROUND: This picture was sent by Jacob Hedges, Omokoroa.
CASCADING: Joanna Mutu took a break at Bridal Veil Falls and snapped this image.
TAKING FLIGHT: Dylan Meynell had to be qucik to capture this seagull.
THE SUN SETS: Brooke Henkelman caught cousin Eden running along Omanu Beach, Mt Maunganui.
SANDY: Anita Mills snaps 11-month-old Paige Mills in the sand at Paunui Beach.
TAKING TO THE STREETS: Jamie Penno got involved to capture this photo a cultural Maori parade through Auckland recently.
TOUGH RIDE: Lisa Vanin captured Sam Jack making the most of a rare glimpse of sun at a bike track.
Surf's up: Keri Wynyard pictured Cooper, 4, hitting the waves in Oakura Bay in Northland.
A quiet moment: Dawn Daniels captured Mike and Thomas Daniels in a nice father, son moment at Mt Maunganui on Christmas Day.
Leap of Faith: Angela Keiser got an action shot of Stella making a jump on Raglan beach.
Surf music: Zane Ratcliffe captured Marcus Ratcliffe and Shey Taupaki strumming the day away at Waihi Beach.
Ready, go: Mary Johnson snapped these boys on ``The Magic Carpet'' that sunk in the river while on a rain-soaked holiday in the Waikato.
Riverside idyll: Adele Parsons composed this Kiwi picnic scene of cousins Anneka and Amy waiting for lunch at Karangahake Gorge.
Shout out: Aaron Martin caught Naomi Martin, 4, making some noise, in Tauranga, on Christmas Day.
Rescue dog: Marion Horton captured faithful dog Archie coming to warm Scarlett Brooker as she gets out of the cold Lake Tarawera.
Summer cool down: Megan Radonich captured Riley cooling off at Panara Park in Hamilton on Christmas Day.
Summer fun: Lynda Hall snapped Darren and Emily Anderson and Benjamin Hall ready to get the jet ski going at Pilot Bay, Mt Maunganui.
Dog gone: Wilhelmina Murphy spotted Mya the dog from Cambridge SPCA getting ready for a summer drive.
Poolside getaway: Melanie Veituna captured daughter Anika enjoying a summer swim in Fiji.
Summer playtime: Michelle Trubshaw snapped Cambridge kids Deane Adlam, 5, Regan Trubshaw, 3, and Jimi Trubshaw, 4, enjoying the day.
BUBBLE FUN: Peter Mason, 18 months, plays with bubbles from his bubble machine on a nice summer afternoon.
SPLISH SPLASH: Regan Trubshaw, 3, of Cambridge makes the most of some decent weather and a soapy waterslide in the back yard.
ROOM FOR MORE?: Catherine Smith provided this photo of her three children and their cousin Caitlin taking Einstein the parrot, Jess the puppy, and old faithful Sally for a spin.
BIG SPLASH: Dianne Scott sent in this shot of two year 8 Pukeatua School students celebrating the holidays at Rainbow's End.
SPINNING SISTERS: A Raglan playground was the perfect place for three sisters to bond during the holiday. From left, Ashley, Amy and Alicia Taylor.
PICTURE PERFECT: Courntey Lynch made the most of a brief spell of sunshine to capture a picturesque Lake Taupo.
WIND POWER: Rachel Carson took this picture of her sons Levi and Dan after they spent two hours climbing up to the Te Uku wind farm.
ONE WITH NATURE: Mike Conroy sent in this picture of Lamberta and Wilhelmina hiding in the dunes at Ocean Beach in Kawhia.
GIDDY-UP: Elisa appears to have found herself a seashore while at a horse camp at Lakewood Lodge.
TIME OUT: Lamberta Groves took this picture of her sister relaxing on the beach at Kawhia at New Year.
BUBBLE EYES: Hamilton 10-year-old Morgan Shackleton sent in this underwater photo taken in the family pool.
PADDLE POWER: From left, Talei, 3, and Gabby Raglan, 2, enjoy a day at the beach.
SHARK TALE: Paul Behrent sent in this photo of Liam proudly displaying two sharks caught on a long line at Mimi Beach, North Taranaki.
AND THEY'RE OFF: An early entry from Michelle Trubshaw of a Christmas party sack race in Kairangi
WET AND WILD: Lake Taupo provided the perfect setting for Janine Vicars to snap her son kneeboarding.
BEACH BLISS: Susanne Bseth caught her brother Robert soaking up ithe sun at Whiritoa during his visit from Germany.
FLIPPING FUN: Kenneth Ballinger can't contain his excitement and jumps for joy at the prospect of Christmas.
PLAY FIGHT: Katrina Goodwin snapped Murphy trying out his ninja Christmas outfit with his brother, Tyler.
CRACKER TIME: Courtney Lynch caught this curious weta clambering over a Christmas cracker.
FISH BUSINESS: Steve Davison, from Cambridge, grabbed a photo of Ben reeling in at Te Puru.
IN BLOOM: Janine Vicars captured some of the arm colours of summer in this Huntly garden.
SLIPPY SIDE: From left, Breanna Goodwin, 3, Zoe Heayns, 4, and Kiera Heayns, 6, have some fun at their grandparent's house at Owhango on Christmas Day.
THE VIEW: Don Seath Picked the perfect moment to photograph the colourful skies over Lake Rotokauri.
SPLISH SPLASH: Liam Leota cools off by taking a dip in his new paddling pool at his nana's house in Dinsdale.
KIDDING AROUND: Jordan Dick on his goat herd during a balmy summer evening in Ngahinapouri.
BURIED ALIVE: Noleen Sommerville has some fun in the sand and hopes the tide stays out.
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