On the way to Westport, we stopped to have a picnic lunch on the beach by the gorgeaus Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes National Park. A great place to skip stones on the clear (and very cold) water. After the lunch stop we continued south to Bazil’s Hostel & Surf school. The hostel is a plastic bag free hostel and is completely against the use of it. You are not allowed to enter the hostel with any plastic bags, so we had to either move our stuff from plastic bags to another type of reuseable bag or leave it in the bus. The hostel was pretty cool with hammocks in the outdoor area and graffiti and artworks all around the place made by previous hostel guests. In the evening we had homemade pizza freshly made and cooked in their outdoor stone oven. It was delicious!
The next day I was going to have a surf lesson with a few other people at Tauranga Bay. This was an awesome experience and I would love to try this out again! I didn’t get to fully stand up on the board but I did sit up on my knees riding a wave all the way to the dry sand which was so much fun! I must admit though that I am not keen on swimming in “open” water or the likes mostly because you can’t see the bottom well usually. However, the water at this bay was very clear, but I was still very scared once the water reached my chest, so I had to take a few minutes just to take it all in and calm down my fear. Once the first bit of panic was gone and I kind of got used to the current and waves I really enjoyed it even with the bit of fear still in the back of my mind.