This post is long overdue, but hey that's how life rolls sometimes.
Kevin and I were lucky enough to venture down to New Zealand back in January. Everyone said that it would leave us speechless and they couldn't have been more right.
The first day we arrived we made our way to this cute little surf town called Piha. The sunsets were simply unreal there. I couldn't walk a foot without stopping to take a photo. Beers in our packs, smiling ear to ear. It was as though we had never seen the ocean before.
We took our time and made our way to Auckland city and then hopped on a ferry to Waiheke Island. We grabbed our rental car and cruised; windows down with the music blaring.
Waiheke Island is known for their wineries so we couldn't resist to do a bit of a tour. Luckily, Kevin isn't much of a wine drinker, so I had the perfect DD. We hit up a few wineries but the one that we will forever remember was Man O'War. Situated right on the eastern coast of Waiheke Island overlooking the bay of Coromandel. We lounged in bean bag chairs, ate charcuterie, and drank white wine in the sun. Nothing pretentious or stuffy, just a bunch of relaxed people taking it all in.
Once we made it back to the mainland we grabbed our campervan and cruised to the Bay of Islands to meet up with some friends. Glenn took us out on his boat about 40kms offshore. Couldn't even see land at one point! But the colour of the ocean was indescribable. Like the bluest royal blue I have ever seen. Being on the boat getting to witness the changes in weather, and fog rolling in amongst blue skies, was the greatest way to see the coast. The forecast can change so rapidly which we learned pretty quick.
We hit the country roads to cruise up to a friends property which was surrounded by hundreds of cows and a few horny bulls. Yes, I said horny.
A storm began to chase us but we made it to the property just in time before the torrential rain hit. Never would we have ever thought that our trip would lead us to this moment. Sitting in a campervan, surrounded by cows and open fields. We cracked beers and listened to the rain. It was perfect.
En route to Cape Reinga to see the Pacific Ocean meets Tasman Sea. We hiked down to the shoreline for a swim, we wanted to be by the ocean whenever we could. The vegetation in New Zealand is unlike any other place I have been. A Kiwi told us that anything and everything can grow there. From pine trees to arbutus, with everything so lush, it was hard to not notice it all.
We cruised down along the West Coast making our last pit stop at Bayly's Beach. We finally got to take our campervan on the beach! The sunset was in full motion while we ran around in the sand trying to breathe in every moment. As we do, beers were cracked, cheers were had and we watched the sun go down on the Tasman Sea that night.
With the ocean in our review mirror, we switchbacked through the coastline to head back to the AKL airport. Bags full of sand, burnt noses, and hearts completely full.
Thank you NZ, you nailed it.