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New Zealand and Hahei 24-25.10

On monday 23rd I arrived in Auckland. Found my way to my hostel downtown and went out to search for an extra bag to carry with me during my bustour around the north Island, so that my backpack could be used for daily activities. Found one faily easily. Also checked out the harbour and made notes to myself to do a tour departing from Auckland when i was done with my tour around the north island. Because that is what is on the agenda. When setting the agenda for the trip, discovering New Zealand was one of those things that was a must. So, in true spririt of me I chose a bus tour taking me the more bushy destinations around New Zealand making the most of my time on the road. The bus was a hop-on-hop-off kind of bus, but with my tight schedule it didn’t really work for me to do much of the hop-on-hop off. So I mainly went with the flow and stayed on the bus for almost the entire trip, one exception (you’ll know later on). Being more off the beaten track here and out in the wilderness the internet connection has not been the most reliable. Sometimes not even existing. Hence the delay in updates.

 

So, the trip began by heading towards Hahei at 7am on the 24th. Hahei was one of the few places where everyone was booked in for at least two nights. It didn’t take all that long to get to Hahei (maybe 5 hours in total). First on the agenda was to visit the beach, which was just a short walk from our accomodation. The water was almost as blue as it had been in Fiji, but the temperature was nothing like the warmth I had gotten used to. My feet got all numb when I steped in. Brrrrr!!

Hahei beach

We then all got on the bus and headed to Hot Water Beach, just outside Hahei. A beach where adults get all excited about playing in the sand with a shovel, like kids in a sandbox. The main difference being that beneath the sand was a hot spring. So, when you started digging in the sand warm water came up. So warm that you could burn yourself. It was amazing. I was happy just standing with my feet in the water, whereas others went in as if it was a hot tub.

 

Hot water beach

 

The morning after I had booked an activity offered through the company taking us around on the bus, Stray. In all destinations they offered different and several activities for a discounted price. This time I chose to go on a boat tour around the bays. We got to see Cathedral Cove, went in different caves and around islands learning about history and why the area of bays is called The bay of plenty. It was well spent money, I liked it a lot and the scenery was just stunning. During the afternoon I walked away for some alone time with my yoga mat. Not the easiest when surrounded by 25-30 people in a relatively small area.

 

Cave

 

Inside a cave

 

Lunch time day 2

During the evening I joined a small group for a visit at the local brewery, The Pour House. I tried the apple cider (tasting like apple pie), one pale ale (Easy rider) and one dark ale (The dark side).

 

The next morning we headed onwards.

 

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