The Country That Has Everything

12/8-11/2009 Arriving in Auckland was exciting.  We may be getting a little addicted to this whole travel thing because ever since the bike trip, we’re always in a better mood when we’re on the way to a new place!  We spent our first night in the cheapest hostel in town as our stay was complimentary when we booked our bus trip around the country.  The place had a decent bar but otherwise was pretty grimy.  We are going to have to remember how to be tough backpackers!  We also have to figure out how to shrink our stuff…  The funny thing about us going on this trip without a plan is that we had to pack for all kinds of situations and yet we are still finding ourselves in need other supplies (like cute dinner dresses).  From Auckland, we went up to the Bay of Islands, which is basically THE vacation spot for Aucklanders. We took a Stray Bus to Paihia and then a day trip the next day to Cape Rienga, the very northern most tip of the country.  At the cape, the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific – which in Maori legend represents the meeting of the male and female. The two seas are in a constant battle, a little oceanographer porn?

Our three day trip north was basically just more beaches, but this time we went out on a glass bottom boat, sand boarding down dunes, hugged a few trees, had some awesome fish and chips and most importantly, made some friends!  Our Paihai hostel was the life of the party in town and we lived it up.  I even got second place in the Wii Bowling competition.  (thanks to my training at SD)  Our new buddies were from Canada, Denmark, Germany. Britain and a few Kiwi’s but no one else was from the states. Unlike our hostel experience in Rainbow Beach, everyone we met was a few years out of college and well into the work force.  It was encouraging to see that there were jobs out there that allowed you to travel for a decent amount of time.  Now, how does one become a stock broker exactly?

(The trip camera has been lost temporarily – so more photos to come when the bus company returns it when we get back to Auckland! …hopefully)

Auckland, NZ

Auckland, NZ

Cape Reinga trip

Cape Reinga trip


 
 
 

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