KIA ORA!

We have now arrived in country number 4 of our trip, New Zealand. This is the stop that I was most looking forward to of all the places we visit – my mum used to live in NZ so has frequently told me how amazing the country is.. So far she has been absolutely right!

For our first week in Auckland we were lucky enough to stay in my parent’s friends’ apartment, which was in a perfect location with a beautiful view of the surrounding area. Having been living in hostels for roughly the last three months it was so lovely to have our own place to just chill out! It was also great to catch up with my parents’ friends, who were kind enough to take us out for dinner on a couple of occasions and show us around the city. Martha even took us to spend the day at a polo tournament, which was really good fun!

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Also while we were in Auckland we took the ferry out to Waiheke, which is a beautiful island covered in vineyards and beaches – it feels a world away from the busy city. Once on the island we visited the town of Oneroa where we had a look around and grabbed some lunch. We then spent the rest of the afternoon at Onetangi Bay, which was beautiful!

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Another thing I would recommend doing if you’re ever in Auckland is to go up the sky tower. You can see the whole city and surrounding area from up there and the views are absolutely breathtaking!

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Before leaving Auckland we took a trip out to Piha on the West coast. The beach was amazing, with black sand and huge waves!

Next stop was up to the Bay of Islands! I absolutely loved this place, mainly because of how stunning it is! It’s also where I finally got to see wild dolphins for the first time ever which was the most magical thing. We took a boat trip all the way up to the famous hole in the rock and got to see beautiful views of the New Zealand coastline. On the way we came across a school of about 30+ dolphins feeding. They were so playful, jumping out of the water and following the boat. They even had calves with them which was incredible to see. It was one of my favourite days of travelling for sure!

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The following day we took a tour all the way up to Cape Reinga, the most northern point of NZ. We were able to see the point where the Pacific and Tasman seas meet, which was beautiful. En route we drove down 90 mile beach which is actually a marked highway. However, in reality the beach is only 60 miles long. We also went dune boarding which was so much fun!!

We have now started our hop on hop off bus tour with Stray, so I will be back again soon to tell you about the first part of our trip!

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