I’m not a gym person.
Why not? I choose to utilize the beautiful outdoors for free in order to stay fit (or try to stay fit as much as I can).
After attending the only university that sits on a beach (UC Santa Barbara), spending my last months of California at the best beaches of south Orange County, and now living next to another waterfront area, I’ve been blessed to have great backdrops while running, hiking, walking, dancing around, whatever I please. For me, it’s so freeing and amazing to just wander about with or without music while looking at the beautiful ocean next to you.
With my weekdays busy with work, it’s been my goal to utilize every free day to explore the great outdoors of New Zealand— a new area each time. Last weekend, I gallivanted around Lyall Bay (where the Hobbits learned to surf) and Island Bay (17.8 km/11.06 miles roundtrip).
Today, to make the most of my day off (Waitangi Day: Celebrating the Treaty of Waitangi being signed in 1840, when New Zealand was founded), I spent 7.5 straight hours walking/exploring.
It’s probably good that I travel solo, since I figure that most others wouldn’t want to go as far on foot as I prefer. I walked approximately 15.47 miles (24.9 km) from my place and all the way back in this excursion. Basically, it was like circling the outer borders of the tip of Wellington.
Ah, the exercise you can get when you don’t have a car!
From Evans Bay (home), I basically followed the only road along the coast to go past all the following bays: Shark Bay, Shelly Bay, Kau Bay, Mahanga Bay, Scorching Bay, Karaka Bay, Worser Bay, Breaker Bay, Eve Bay, Flax Bay, Reef Bay, Palmer Bay, Tarakena Bay... and then back to Evans Bay. I practically walked more than a half-marathon, just a lot more leisurely because of all my photos and walking pace.
Some of my favorite parts of the walk included:
- Coming across an adorable fur seal on the rocks (I have a huge obsession with seals)
- Point Dorset Lookout (Breaker Bay): Probably the BEST view in New Zealand that I’ve seen thus far. It was absolutely breathtaking…
- The remoteness of walking on a sidewalk, alongside the ocean, and bordered by large forestry on the opposite side of the road
- Discovering Scorch-O-Rama and Chocolate Fish Cafe (and the artsy shell wall alongside Scorch-O-Rama)
- The beautiful, pristine conditions of the water (it was quite sunny today, so the sun reflected upon the waters with a beautiful turquoise-clear color)
- Hiking along narrow trails in the wind
- Being underneath several planes flying overhead when they took off. Moa Point was bordering the Wellington airport, and after walking through a tunnel that put me through to the other side of the airport landing terminal, I was alongside the planes. It was the craziest and coolest thing ever. On one side, you’re looking at the beautiful ocean, and on another, you see a plane fly right over you. No big deal.
- Wanting to spring into singing Two Door Cinema Club’s “This is the Life” over and over again while hiking and walking alongside the coast. Instead, I opted to listen to my Lights & Motion albums on repeat (incredibly amazing feel-good music).
Wellington might be regarded as a tiny capital city, but it sure encompasses pure, natural beauty. Oh Welly, you’re so swelly!