I recently had the pleasure of attending a fantastic party/music festival called Awana Moon Yeah on Aotea (Great Barrier) Island. A stellar selection of guests from around the country and abroad attended, and there were performances from Cecilia Sudden, Rhonda K, Onion Engine, Adam Fincher, The Biscuits and Pumice.
The event was held at Mickey's Place, a ramshackle old camping ground on the edge of the bush in Awana Bay. Scattered with deteriorating memories of the past, yet still equip with fire fuelled hot showers and all the basic amenities one could need, it was a great place to camp out for a few days, sharing food and stories with friends old and new.
Exploring the rest of the island was fun too, hanging out with dogs of friends and friends of dogs, having breakfast at stunning lookout spots, swimming in lush warm waters with perfect body surfing waves. Harataonga beach was definitely a highlight – can't wait to go back!