Yes, I am still alive and so is my blog… haha. It’s been a hectic past few months and I know that’s usually the general excuse for any bloggers buuuut…. it’s true! There’s a lot that I want to share and just so, so, so much content to get through.
To kick start my return (hopefully) to the blogosphere, here’s a tour of my new place! It’s ONE of the few big changes in my life!
Come February 2017, it’d be a year since I visited New Zealand and I still feel like it was only yesterday that I was basking in the hot sun and tanning within ten minutes.
I’ve travelled across the ocean alone before but I met my family on the other side. New Zealand marked the first overseas trip I’ve completed by myself and marked the first solo travel experience (aside from those weekend getaways down to Seattle). I couldn’t have asked for a better place to start my travelling experience and couldn’t ask for a better way to meet Kendel and experience Auckland through a native Kiwi.
I can definitely see myself returning to New Zealand – for what? a vacation? a new life? Who knows. But I do see myself walking the streets of downtown Auckland again and revisiting Oriental Bay in Wellington, and definitely soaking the hot water on Hot Water Beach.
I had about a few hours left in Wellington before I was due to head back to Auckland. I spent it at Oriental Bay and contemplated about life because it was so peaceful in the morning.
After two days in Wellington, Kendel suggested we visit Coromandel because it’s a must for any visitors. We headed straight to Coromandel after she picked me up form the airport and… wow, just wow.
The coastline is beautiful. It was a rainy and foggy day when we drove up there but it was nonetheless, breathtaking. The roads were windy which gave me a slight dizziness but 10/10 would definitely go back to Coromandel!
Wellington International Airport
We arrived just around dinner time where Kendel’s family cooked a delicious lasagna dish.
The next day, it was raining like crazy. I absolutely love the rain, it’s really relaxing but I’m still not used to warm rain, if that makes sense. During my time in NZ, Kendel and I got hooked on Teen Wolf so we spent the day watching episodes of Teen Wolf, and going into the downtown area to try to catch a hockey game. We also spent the rainy day playing Sims 😛
Got bless the day after because the hot sun came out on my last day in Coromandel. We went to Hot Water Beach which is known for its hot water… in the beach, haha. Kendel told me it’s a popular area and thing to dig a hole in the beach and essentially relax in the hole because the water in this beach is just hot.
Look at the contrast from cloudy to sunny!
My favourite place in the world is the airport but New Zealand definitely changes my views on beach. I mean, I live by the oceanside as well in Vancouver but it’s nothing compared to this!
I’m not going to lie – my trip to New Zealand may have consisted of meeting Kendel but it was also a trip to scope out the country that I wanted to move (it’s still an option!). During my research, I fell in love with Wellington more so than Auckland and wanted to move to Wellington.
So, as you can imagine, my few days in Wellington was one of my favourite parts of the trip! Absolutely beautiful little city and would go back there in a heart beat.
THE BEST WAR MUSEUM I’VE EVER BEEN TO!
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The famous bucket fountain on Cuba Street. The top bucket is missing when I was there!
If I lived in Wellington, I would, no doubt, take the Cable Car every weekend.
Seriously, can’t get over how beautiful Wellington’s harbour is….
2.5 days in Wellington is not enough! Good lord, I need to be back in Welly this moment.
This recap is LONG overdue! I’ve been meaning to get through the rest of my NZ trip but life caught up with me. Anyways, enjoy this week’s recap! 😀
When we found our mutual love over sushi and the Sims, we both agreed that one day, we will just have sushi and play the Sims… well, Kendel and I can officially cross that off our friendship bucket list!
Massey University looks like it’s something out of California!
The beautiful Massey library.
… and their odd golden statue of a chicken wing.
The next day we went to explore Devonport. For those who are wondering, Devonport reminds me of Stevenson, BC. Anyways, it’s sooooooo beautiful. I absolutely love Devonport and if I had to pick a place to live in Auckland, it’s most likely be Devonport.
Wow, can we just talk about the beauty of New Zealand’s landscape? It’s a mixture of hills, flatness, greens and blues. I’m so used to seeing the beautiful mountains back at home, it’s refreshing to see a different landscape!
After one week of returning to the motherland, I’ve finally gotten around uploading my vlogs and choosing blog posts photos for my New Zealand trip.
If you don’t know, I travelled to New Zealand back in February to meet up with Kendel from Little Misadventures – talk about a bloggers meet up, eh? Before you get all antsy to comment about how unsafe it was to travel overseas for a stranger, Kendel and I have known each other for ~4ish years already?? We message each other every single day and we skype at least once a week. Literally, Kendel knows all my dirty little secrets, haha. Personally, I would advise against travelling overseas for a complete stranger without prior contact and established friendship.
Another part of my trip to New Zealand was also to check out the country. I’ve talked about moving over there but I needed to see the country beforehand. The two weeks in NZ, we hung around Auckland and I also checked out Wellington.
I did not know YVR had a life size chess board!
Air New Zealand is probably the best airline I’ve ever flown with! Delicious food, extremely comfortable seats, great entertainment selection, and awesome staff!
Flying to NZ has been the longest trip I’ve ever taken. It was about a 15 hours flight but extremely comfortable with Air New Zealand.
Canada meets New Zealand!
First meal in New Zealand!
It took some mental adjusting to comprehend that I’m half naked in the middle of February!
I chose to land on a day where Kendel had to write her last final exam sooooo the first day, we chilled at the beach for 20-30 minutes (got a tan!) before I spent about three hours in the mall by myself because Kendel was off writing an exam, haha. We also caught Deadpool which was a pretty good movie! Did you know kiwi movie theatres has NO ADS?! I mean, the theaters back at home probably runs about 2-3 ads before the movie starts and the rest are entertainment news and about 3-4 trailers buuuut to arrive early and all you see is trailers is amazing!
Of course I need a photo with an award winning chocolate ice-cream…
If you haven’t watched the vlog, I mentioned how awesome it is that NZ’s Chinese New Year is celebrated over an entire weekend in such a huge park ground. We only celebrate CYN with one 2-3 hours parade the following Sunday of the New Year Day.
I think in total, the first day we walked about 12km!
I wanted poutine and Kendel was interested in trying poutine as well so we Googled where is a good place to grab some. The restaurant was the bomb dot com and one of the things I would miss dearly!
I was really bummed out about the whole astronaut experience thingy. I legit thought it was a hands on experience and not just a crummy kids video! Most of the stuff I knew already from Chris Hadfield and various space movies.
Over the next couple of days, I’d share my recap of my two weeks New Zealand trip last month. Hope you enjoy them!