Your Place: New Year’s weekend in the water

Jade Huffam, 13, from New Plymouth, paddles a kayak around Lake Rotomanu with the second Stig the German Spitz.

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Jade Huffam, 13, from New Plymouth, paddles a kayak around Lake Rotomanu with the second Stig the German Spitz.

The new year has kicked off with a bang, with hundreds hitting the rivers, lakes and beaches of Taranaki this weekend.

The good news is that the sun and warm temperatures are expected to continue this week, so get outside and enjoy all the area has to offer.

Daily Taranaki News photographer Simon o’connor spent Sunday visiting some popular places in New Plymouth. Hope these images will inspire you for the adventure.

Lynette Kivell and 'Pop' Simonsen enjoy a cup of tea and the view of the mouth of the Waiwhakaiho River.

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Lynette Kivell and ‘Pop’ Simonsen enjoy a cup of tea and the view of the mouth of the Waiwhakaiho River.

Chris Gamlin and his 2-year-old daughter Amelia build sandcastles at Fitzroy Beach.

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Chris Gamlin and his 2-year-old daughter Amelia build sandcastles at Fitzroy Beach.

The stretch of sand from Fitzroy Beach to East End Beach was packed with people on Sunday at 11 a.m.

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The stretch of sand from Fitzroy Beach to East End Beach was packed with people on Sunday at 11 a.m.

There were a lot of people at the lake with their boats and their jet skis too.

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There were a lot of people at the lake with their boats and their jet skis too.

Dozens of paddleboarders and surfers shared the waves at Fitzroy on Sunday.

SIMON O’CONNOR / Tips

Dozens of paddleboarders and surfers shared the waves at Fitzroy on Sunday.

A lifeguard is training.

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A lifeguard is training.

9-year-old Ari Marlow is getting ready for the dump in Fitzroy.

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9-year-old Ari Marlow is getting ready for the dump in Fitzroy.

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