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NEW ZEALAND, THE NORTH ISLAND | weekend post cards

October 3, 2017

 I'm back!

 

I plan on doing a few more specialized posts about New Zealand over the course of October (to try and not over-saturate my blog with travel content). Mostly because when I was doing research on things to do in the north island there was hardly anything because most travel to the south island. Bryon and I didn't go to the south island so I can't compare, but what I can say is that my trip was beyond beautiful. 

 

We rented a van (an RV really) and clocked 1700km in 5 days! There was a lot of driving involved, but that's the best way to see this country. We for sure want to go back - especially to Pia (a lovely little surfer town (pictured above) that would be amazing in the summer. We left on Friday and landed in Auckland on Sunday (because you lose a day traveling with the time difference...but gain a day when you return) and then drove north right away to Paihia (pronounced Pie-Here) in Bay of Islands for a sailing excursion. This was my favourite part of the trip. Then we drove south and staryed in Warkwork..just a little north of Auckland...to save us some driving for the following day. Went to Hot Water Beach / Cathedral Cove for the night, and then to Rotorua, and from there to Waitomo for Black Water Rafting and THEN we stayed in beautiful Pia and ended our trip with two nights in Auckland. I would have rather spent one night in Auckland and two nights in Pia, however we had a wedding to attend on the Friday, which forced us to stay in Auckland.

 

I want to indulge in more details, but this is just an at-a-glance right now so you guys can see what I've been up to. I'm going to write a mini guide to the north island based on my trip soon, and of course I'll have a few videos as well. I just got back Sunday night so I'm actually so exhausted and I went back to work yesterday as well. I'm trying to kick my jet lag - and it 'aint easy my friends!

 

While I recover from my jet lag, take at look at some snapshots below! Also - I've just started repsonding to blog comments etc. I'm so sorry for the delay - I appreciate all your comments!

 

<3 Caitlin

 

 Sailing in Paihia

 Sailing in Paihia

Stingray Cove, Bay of Islands 

Stingray Cove, Bay of Islands 

Stingray Cove, Bay of Islands 

Hot Water Beach 

Hot Water Beach 

 Stingray Cove, Bay of Islands

scenic drives 

 Wairere Falls (Te Wairoa) accessed via The Buried Village

Trail to Cathedral Cove 

 Gemstone Bay

 Rotorua, geothermal park (this is a small thermal lake - just getting a facial lol) #SpaDay

Scenic Drive - hills en enroute to Hot Water Beach 

 Blue Lake, Rotorua

 Geyser at Te Pao, Rotorua

Haka at Te Poa (Great experience!!! Expensive, but worth it)

 Pia - view from the top of the road above. The rock is called Lion's Rock and there is a trail that leads to the top of it

 Pia - Bryon walking toward Lion's Rock

Pia 

 

Coffee in Auckland 

Ice cream from Giapo in Auckland (UNREAL) 

Britomart - great spot in Auckland for casual drinks and dinner 

Seagul in Viaduct Harbour (great spot for to-be-seen-at restaurants. All of them were very upscale and classy. We ate at Oyster and Chop one night) 

 Bristomart lights

 Queen's Wharf

The Bristomart Country Club 

 Viaduct Harbour sailboats

 

 

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Caitlin Melvin lives in Toronto with her boyfriend Bryon and two cats Finnigan and Lucca. A marketing manager by day, blogger on the side, freelance social media specialist and a lover of travel and new experiences