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Waitoki & Helensville – Macnuts & Swiss Chockies – Day 7

on May 31, 2016

The weather is blithering cold this morning with strong winds greeting me as we huddled into the car.

Seriously, I am so wrapped up that if I topple over, I will not be able to get up..ha ha like an overturned turtle on its back😉

Our journey today was to Waitoki and then to Helenville where we wanted to seek out the Macadamia nut factory with a cafe where we would have lunch.

Along the way through Waitoki, we chanced upon Swiss bliss…chocolates made by a swiss lady.

We tried chilli chocolates and pralines. Not too bad after learning from her that her cocoa beans or chocolates come from Ecuador.

Not cheap as a smallish 50g bar costs $13 and to me, it was not impressive. Maybe I am fussy, being used to fine chockies from lil red dot made by the Chocolatiers there.

Still, in support of her business we bought 2 small bars for nephew and my sister.

Off we then went in search of the nutty farm.

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Macadamia trees and raw nuts on the tree.

Being winter, the factory was shut and a few remnant packs were left on the shelf.

I took some interesting photos to share.

Paw paw trees or papaya trees with interesting fruits.

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These hang differently from those on our local trees.

Lunch was interesting for me as I decided to have a breakfast plate at $18.50

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Bro had a Thai Beef Salad at $16.50.

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All cooked by Chinese.


8 responses to “Waitoki & Helensville – Macnuts & Swiss Chockies – Day 7

  1. Tree pictures interesting, never seen those nuts growing. But now…I NEED CHOCOLATE!!Hope you’re enjoying your trip, stay warm!

  2. honey bee says:

    Yeah those papaya trees looking different ☺

  3. Second the observation on papaya trees, Nigeria ones (in the south at least) hang differently from these – interesting world, I wonder how this tastes like.

    Thanks for sharing these photos, looks like you’re having lots of fun 🙂

  4. Neethu says:

    Simply wow..the papaya tree though looks a bit different..m sure your enjoying your trip and I get to virtually toooo💕💕

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