The first leg of the Kiwi Experience took us up to the Bay os Islands and Cape Reinga, the winterless north. A place of Maori legends, ancient Kauri forests and beautiful coastlines.
It was time to get on our first Kiwi Experience bus – the big green backpacker bus that’ll be taking us round New Zealand for the next 5 or 6 weeks. We didn’t know what to expect to be honest, as we’d heard all sorts… it’s the party bus, the “big green f*ck-bus”… not the best reputation… I think it’s fair to say we were very curious about what it was actually going to be like…
An overview of our time in Auckland… the city didn’t give the best first impression but it grew on us with every new place we explored.
After a couple of days in the city, it was time to get out and see something new. Waiheke Island is a short ferry ride from Auckland, bursting with award winning vineyards, gorgeous beaches and secluded forest hikes. You need to go there.
We’re going in two weeks. Round the world. For an indeterminant length of time. I’m just staring at those words, letting them sink in. Right now that makes me feel slightly sick.
Something we’ve discovered over the past two years… It’s a whole different kettle of fish deciding to go travelling when you’re thirty than when you’re twenty.