We were up in Auckland for a weekend to watch A New World: Final Fantasy concert. Taylor Swift was also in town but we skipped her banging performance and opted to nerd out instead. Haha. We normally just stay with friends whenever we fly up to the big city, but for this trip I suggested…
On the way back home to Wellington while on a recent roadtrip up north, we passed by the Hawke’s Bay region — known for it’s beaches, warm weather and many wineries. We were there for the wine, as it was already the last few days of autumn and the cold had already set in even…
The first part of the trek was fairly easy — mostly flat ground with proper walkways and some walking boards over the damp areas. This was the least challenging and tiring out of all the sections (Average time to complete it is about 1-1.5 hours ). If you do the hike in the future, savor your time here… things will only get harder, I tell you. Haha.
WE DID IT! Conquered this 8.5 hour trek (19.4 km) comprised of some really steep climbs and gravelly downhill slopes.
When we visited Christchurch as part of our road trip down the South Island back in 2014, one of the activities that we did while we were there was Punting on the Avon. Punting refers to boating in a punt — a flat-bottomed boat, designed for use in small rivers or other shallow water with a punter…
Calm, quiet, peaceful and away from the crowds... it's also good for the days you want to unplug from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
"Amidst the general feeling of gloom that can be felt while walking around the city, however, were fun and interesting things that showed that although this city was brought down to it's knees, it was picking itself up again and starting to move on."
"You can't buy happiness... but you can buy ice cream and that is pretty much the same thing."
Welcome to "Hobbiton" --- home to Bilbo and Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee, hobbits of The Shire. (Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit)
"So… next time you’re in Auckland and wanting some chill time by the beach.. you now know where to go." 😉