Written on January 3, 2014
Our last day of exploration/adventure… we ventured to Matauri Bay and Stone Store (the oldest historic building in New Zealand) to enjoy some of the weekend sunshine. Matauri Bay looked similar to Hanaumau Bay in Oahu… pristine, emerald-turquoise waters that looked like marble as we looked at the view from the top of the cliffs.
We hiked to the top of a trail in which I almost fainted since I’m apparently not used to the altitude here… very glad we continued to trek on, though. The view from the top was breathtaking.
There was a large stone monument erected by the Rainbow Warrior, who supposedly was sunk in battle off the Auckland harbor. Apparently it’s a pretty large tourist attraction since it’s part of NZ history.
Matauri Bay was on one side of the view, whereas a beautiful rocky ocean was on another…. and on another side, the sprawling ocean continued and met up with tiny islands sprinkled in the distance.
Everywhere you looked along the coast, there seemed to be more tiny islands bordering. It’s pretty spectacular.
We lunched at a park next to Stone Store and also checked out the replica Maori village and fishing lake.
We even crossed the river using the stone pathway, but in trying to be a Kiwi and going barefoot, my feet burned by the time we reached the other side. Not to mention that I was a bit fearful that I would slip in the water while trying to hop across certain widespread rocks…
So much for trying to be a Hobbit.
I still can’t believe how beautiful the landscapes are in New Zealand… and this is just one island. Just in that one area of Kerikeri alone, we were surrounded by two historical buildings, a large grassy park with picnic benches, chickens, ducks, geese, and seagulls, a large bridge overlooking the clear stream, beautiful forestation and flourishing nature… it’s so organic and pure out here. Makes me quite sad that California doesn’t even have half this greenery.
In my last two days of my vacation, I also learned how to play some chords on the guitar, played some Rayman, watched some shows, and enjoyed the solitude and freedom of doing nothing.
Oh yeah, and ate some delicious boy-cooked meals. Thanks, Johno and Davie! But most of all… I have tons of thanks and love in my heart for the Edwards family, who made this a memorable two weeks in my time in NZ.