Historical New Zealand: Kerikeri & Beyond

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.

Beachy keen.
The wonderful world of water.
Pathway to the beach...
Pathway to the beach…
Another rocky beach next to Matauri Bay
Another rocky beach next to Matauri Bay

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.

The views are tres magnifique...
The views are tres magnifique…
Oceans behind you, oceans in front of you, oceans surrounding you. Welcome to NZ.
Oceans behind you, oceans in front of you, oceans surrounding you. Welcome to NZ.

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.

A landmark of Matauri Bay
A landmark of Matauri Bay

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.

On top of the world. Or the bottom, southern part...
On top of the world. Or the bottom, southern part…
Don't get too close to the edge...
Don’t get too close to the edge…

Everywhere you looked along the coast, there seemed to be more tiny islands bordering. It’s pretty spectacular.

After almost blacking out to get to the top...
After almost blacking out to get to the top…
A similar shot taken from the same spot... just seconds later. The clouds move RAPIDLY.
A similar shot taken from the same spot… just seconds later. The clouds move RAPIDLY.

We lunched at a park next to Stone Store and also checked out the replica Maori village and fishing lake.

Historical Kerikeri park
Historical Kerikeri park
Everything is better in the outdoors...
Everything is better in the outdoors…
Side view of Stone Store, the oldest historical building in NZ.
Side view of Stone Store, the oldest historical building in NZ.
Wandering through Stone Store...
Wandering through Stone Store…
Replica Maori village
Replica Maori village
Fishing lake
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.

This was like walking on lava rocks... my feet were burnt by the time we made it across. Can't hang.
This was like walking on lava rocks… my feet were burnt by the time we made it across. Can’t hang.

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.

Pizza made from scratch... dough included.
Pizza made from scratch… dough included.
Peanut/chocolate biscuits (since they don't call them "cookies" out here much)
Peanut/chocolate biscuits (since they don’t call them “cookies” out here much)
Garlic/bacon bread. Mmmmm.
Garlic/bacon bread. Mmmmm.

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