So I made it to New Zealand, been here a few days. Spent some time in Auckland, there is nothing hugely special about it, mostly just another city. There are several parks which are old extinct volcanoes
, covered in grass and have grazing cows, you can actually see where the cone used to be.
Went north from there to do a 3 day hike, Cape Brett, which oddly enough is very much like the terrain you’d see in Cape Breton in Nova Scotia
, even more spectacular in fact
. It was quite a grueling hike, I spent the first night at the top of a mountain with very little cover, high winds and rain, actually bent a tent pole, not too bad though. It was well worth it however, the view of the bay I woke up to in the morning was quite spectacular. I walked out to a cove that day pitched my tent and fined the rest of the hike with a small day pack to the tip of the cape. I was met with a beautiful view, a large grassed area, and a light house. I made it back to my tent by dark and enjoyed a nice night. I spent the final day encouraging myself that it was the final day and was only a few more hills, aches and pains to the end of my hike, which ended at a nice little private beach before I got to the “main” road to hitch it out of there.So far hitching is going even easier here than in Aus
, knock on wood, and apparently the north is the worst area to manage to get a lift, so should get even better from here.
I am headed just a little further north to the northern most part of NZ before going back south, gona Zorb (yes Laura, the giant ball thing), sky dive, hike some more, and perhaps relax a bit.
I really wish I could post the pictures but the place I am at doesn’t work for some reason, oh well, later.