So, we’re home now, after our 30+ hours of travel- but we thought you’d like to know what we did our last couple days in NZ. Enjoy!
Day 21: Auckland
Get ready for some adorableness! For our last couple of days in NZ, we spent our time in Auckland before our flight back to the US. We decided to spend one of the days with Stu and Donna!
Stu and Donna have been giving Auckland tours for 15 years now and offer a one-of-akind experience to anyone who’d like to not have to drive or worry about anything. Part of their tour is going to their farm and tasting jams, cheeses, fruits, etc. They even let you pet their sheep and birds! We can’t recommend this tour highly enough, and it’d be a great way to start your NZ tour off, if you’re starting in Auckland.
Such a happy farm
The first stop on the tour was a lovely winery just west of Auckland
Can you tell what those little black dots are? They’re surfers!
Second stop was a seabird colony whose babies were alllmoossst ready to fly
Beautiful beaches- this was a “slow day” for waves lol
The sand in this area is all black ash sand from a volcano eruption lonnnng ago. Pretty cool!
The severity of the cliffs are just gorgeous
Near the beach we saw a cool cave
Next stop was hanging out at Stu and Donna’s farm
We got a sheepdog demonstration
We also saw how all the wool is processed
We nerded out about wool processing
Pavlova with Kiwi was on the menu for our tea. It was fantastic.
Auckie the turkey!
Donna rescues birds, this one happened to have lice terribly bad in her youth and scratched her eyes out. She’s 21 years old now, though and very talkative!
We had dinner at a Mexican Cafe in Auckland that was kind of close to our Mexican food in the states. By this point we were just hankering for something from home and were happy to find it similar. We also had to get on the road to Whangerei (where we were staying that night) just as the Westerly Winds started to pick up. That was a scary drive!
Day 22: Change in plans
Some cows prohibited us from driving for a bit
The view from our AirBnB that night
We had driven to Whangerei to be close to Adventure World, where the “most difficult mini golf course” is said to be found. However we had awoken to a lovely high wind set of showers that weren’t suppose to end for another day or so. We decided to hightail it back to Auckland and check out some fabric stores and the Auckland Art Gallery.
I got to see some real George Romney paintings!
The space alone is exquisite
We made it to several fabric storese, but none of them had what I was looking for. At around 4:07pm, we came to our last (the biggest one) and they had closed at 4pm. SAD DAY. So that day was just us be-bopping around Auckland, not taking many pictures. So sorry! We got some takeaway sushi (pretty good) and got back to the AirBnB to pack and sleep before we left.
They had teryaki chicken, crunchy fish and a few odd ones, but they were tasty!
Auckland (picture taken the day before, when it was sunny)
In reminiscing about our trip, we wouldn’t have changed a thing. We had a great time, everyone was super nice and it was definitely an experience of a lifetime.
Our plan is to create a series of posts within the next couple of weeks with information about cost, how we planned it, tips on traveling in and around, etc. to help out anyone who might be thinking of spending some time in NZ. I found that most of the information I was coming across was more geared toward the hitchhiker or camping type person.
If there are any questions or topics you’d like us to post on, please comment! I want to be as helpful as I can to you all!
**We are not endorsed by any of the companies we’ve linked in our posts- we just want you to be able to find their information should you come along to NZ**