Bethells Beach

It’s our final day in New Zealand. After packing our gear into the car we randomly drive to Bethell’s Beach on Auckland’s west coast. It turns out to be a magnificent choice. The beach is so vast the lifeguard tower looks like a small lego structure. Standing next to it we notice it is actually…

Auckland

We wander around the CBD for an hour or two. It’s not an ugly city but it’s also not that interesting. There’s the same strings of shops and advertising that exist in almost every city we’ve been to, the same chain restaurants and coffee shops, and tourists carrying Lonely Planet guide books. Perhaps the city…

Waingaro to Auckland

I wake to a heavy dew on a morning just warm enough to avoid a light frost from forming. I walk outside to look at Heidi and David’s alpacas and goats that live in Heidi and paddocks. While curious, the alpacas only come so close to me. But the goats are fairly well climbing the fence…

Raglan

Raglan is a popular surfing town on the west coast. It is buzzing with backpackers and is similar to many backpacker towns around the world. Advertisements abound for surfing classes, diving, caving and boat trips just as they do in most beachfront tourist towns and backpackers can be heard phoning ahead to hostels further along their journeys…

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls plummet over a cliff face in the mountains near Raglan. The short walk to the top of the falls is easy, as are the 261 steps down the the base of the falls. The 261 steps back to the top are anoyhet story. Thankfully the waterfall is so stunning that it’s no real…

Thames

Thames is a groovy town. At first it looks like a rural service town, providing support to local farmers requiring goods and services. But a shift of eyesight to look at the upper facades of the buildings quickly shows that this is a town with plenty of colour and history. Op shops and eateries make…