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Waiheke Island is one of the most popular islands in the Hauraki Gulf for a daytrip from Auckland. It’s close, it’s different, beautiful and…it has a lot of wine.
Even though at first we had other plans, this day turned out to be the best day on Waiheke Island
No matter if you’ve been living in Auckland for years, you just moved here or are on holidays and want to see more of the city, the 16km Coast to Coast Walkway is for you! Walk through Auckland’s suburbs and parks and pass five of the ca. 50 volcanoes.
A few months ago, after Chris and I had taken my car apart and put it back together (long story short, poor Stanley leaked heavily!), we decided to go on our first road trip and actually sleep in the car. Looking at the forecast, all of New Zealand looked rainy and wet. The least rain was to be expected for the north, so we decided to go up to Whangarei, about 3 hours away from Auckand.
I must admit, it was a little hard at first, knowing to be out of phone reach for two days. And not just any day, it would be the days over New Years, where everyone is texting everyone and wishing each other a happy new year! I only had just sent the message to my friends chat that I will be off the grid for about 48 hours as we drove deeper into the Kauaeranga Valley and my reception died.
«Nah, we’re not very likely to get a puncture”- Chris said this to me as we were on the way from our secluded campground at lake Arapuni to Mangakino, where we wanted to ride a section of the Waikato River Trail. Arohena is one of DOC’s (Department of Conservation) campsites. It lies directly on the lake, there is no phone reception and to get there, we had to drive a section on gravel. And that’s where it must have happened. A mean little stone slashed Stanley’s tyre.
Heading to the Bay of Plenty for a few days? In this case you should definitely not those 11 fun things to do Tauranga and Mount Maunganui!
“I just discovered the most awesome challenge for you”, I said excited as I showed Chris a picture of an ad I saw a few minutes before we met up in Wynyard Quarter after a meeting. “That should get you occupied for a while”.
It was end of August and Chris had just stopped smoking. He was looking for a race or challenge he could train for so he had a good reason not to smoke. An obstacle run in mud and dirt should probably tickle his fancy and sense for competition. So, I suggested him to run at the Tough Mudder in November.
This is one of our favourite things to do on a Sunday: A walk in the Scenic Reserve in Clevedon, followed by the best pizza in all of Auckland on the very popular farmers’ market.
The first time I’ve ever heard of Woodhill, the mountain bike park in the east of Auckland, was from Chris. He went there with a friend and immediately bought a season pass. I was so keen to find out what it was all about so I got really excited when we decided to shred the trails on the past Labour Day long weekend.