The next few posts to follow will be picture heavy - mainly photo stories of my trip through New Zealand when my mum came over to visit this March/April.
I love New Zealand - always have. Anyone who has ever been will probably agree with me. It's such a beautiful country, one of the best places to go on a road trip.
We rented a car and started in Christchurch, going down South to Queensland and a little bit further, then back up North along the West Coast. From Nelson we got a tiny little plane from a tiny little airport to Wellington.
Wellington was amazing, it's like little Melbourne in many ways. Great cafes, laneways, a creative + artistic flair, and amazing views over the city. The first night we stayed in Brooklyn with the best possible view. Two more things that made Wellington special for me: First I discovered Olive., an awesome cafe and restaurant on Cuba St with the coolest outdoor area you can imagine, full of plants. It just had the perfect vibe, my ideal kind of coffee shop that I would go to every day if I lived there, just sit outside, or inside by the window (or on the big communal table). Have coffee, porridge or bircher muesli for breakfast, cake and tea later, write, daydream, watch people walk by, ...
The second great thing about my time in Wellington: I met up with Derek Sivers. I've been following and reading his blog and book reviews for a while now, and loved his two podcast episodes with Tim Ferriss. So when I knew we'd be spending a couple of days in Wellington I emailed him - and he was keen to meet. We had a nice walk along the harbour, had tea and a smoothie, and an inspiring conversation.
Wellington was awesome!
From Wellington we got another plane. Yes, it was tiny too! Such an experience! Especially those airports - you check in, walk through a door and right onto the plane. When you land you walk down the stairs of the plane, and you've arrived. You're inside the airport straight away and ready to be picked up. That's it - no customs, no waiting, no walking around. The plane just drops you off right where you need to be. So simple, I wish flying was like that every time!
We spent a few days in Mt Maunganui (Tauranga) by the beach, just relaxing and going for LOTS of swims in the sea. This was probably another one of my favourite parts - I absolutely loved the sea, the waves. We had some boogie boards that made the whole experience even more exciting. It really got me thinking about how much I'd love to get into surfing.
Rotorua is only an hour away from Tauranga, so we went on a day trip to the rather smelly (stinks like rotten egg) geysers. I forgot to take my camera that day, so those pictures are taken with my phone.
This was my third time in New Zealand. There's always more to see, and I can't wait to go back again. It's great living so close now, a three hours flight is nothing compared to 24 hours!
More pictures to follow...