Okay so.. Long time no writing! I have not had enough time on my hands to be able to post anything on the website and if I had the time the wifi simply was not good enough + but that’s New Zealand for ya!
In the past 3½ weeks I have been wwoofing in River Valley where I had no phone connection and limited wifi which in a way was pretty awesome. But I will get back to my time in River Valley on a later post as will start from the very beginning with each post being for the different locations from the Kiwi Experience map.
On the first day with the Kiwi Experience bus, I left Auckland early 14th November towards Paihia in the Bay of Islands, which is a beautiful place – like most other places in New Zealand that I have seen so far and I haven’t even seen the south island yet.!
On the way to Paihia we stopped to see the Whangarei Falls, which you can see a picture of above.
We arrived in Paihia around lunchtime so I had signed up for kayaking to the Haruru Falls. However, the weather looked pretty bad with a lot of rain so they chose to cancel the trip. Just one hour later the weather turned beautiful, but by then it was of course too late. So instead I teamed up with another girl, Becca, from the bus, and walked with her to the treaty grounds and joined the guided tour of the place which was and still is of great significance in NZ.
That evening the hostel had arranged a quiz night which was great fun, our group (mostly english) was third place or something.. But we got rewards for our group name “Brexit brought us here” and a few others on some specific questions that we answered first YAY!
The next day we got a bus to Cape Reinga which was a LOONG drive but totally worth it! It was stunning view and we so lucky with the weather as we had a completely clear view and the rain was following us but only reached us every time we would have just gotten into the bus.
After having seen the very north of New Zealand we went dune surfing! So scary but so much fun at the same time, although tough walking up the sand dune again… But I absolutely loved it and had so much fun – and a good workout 😀
I had signed up for the kayaking again for the following morning which had great weather. We all had a watergun each on the kayaks and they were put to good use. Not long after the paddles were also used to splash water on people. I got absolutely soaked mostly due to me trying to retaliate and not being very good at it hahaha.
When we arrived back again I had only about 30 minutes to dry up and get changed to get on the bus back to Auckland and only with the possibility to do this in a tiny toilet booth. Luckily I just managed and was on the bus in perfect time.
Becca decided to stay in Paihia for a few extra days, so I had to say a little sad goodbye to her there.
Kiwi Experience bus driver list:
Auckland – Bay of Islands: Richie
Bay of Islands – Rotorua: Dave aka “Cuddles”