Saturday, Nov. 27
Now this is New Zealand.
Matt and I have spent the past two days at a hostel overlooking 2.5 km of white sand and turquoise sea.
We’re at Onetangi beach on Waiheke Island (pronounced Why-he-key).
The island is a quick 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, but we would have travelled well over a day to get here.
Waiheke is wonderful. It’s colourful and hot, the people are extremely kind and the views can’t be done justice with a simple photograph.
The island is packed with wineries (all within stumbling distance from one another), green hills, dread-locked hippies and holiday homes for the rich. Matt and I saw a small plot of empty land yesterday worth $1.5 million.
The landscape and laid-back lifestyle reminds us of Tofino. A very rich Tofino, with funky trees.
So far, the weather has been great, reaching nearly 30 degrees two days in a row.
Apparently November is never this hot, so we’re anticipating a very warm summer.
After only a few minutes in the sun, we were already sporting burns.
Our feet have also been adjusting to the sudden change from winter to summer. We have major blisters between our toes from our flip-flops. (Although, I know no one will be feeling sorry for us.)
So far we’ve spent some time at the beach sipping on locally brewed apple cider (you’re allowed to drink in public), visited the grocery store and hit up the local market.
There, Matt had an amazing sandwich and I had delicious gluten free cookie. (New Zealand has an abundance of yummy gluten free food!)
So, as you can tell, it’s been a pretty simple weekend – but we’ve loved it.
We have two more weeks here and can’t wait to explore.