- Raglan-- We took a weekend trip to the west coast, a little south of Auckland. Raglan is a small town known for its black sand beaches and surf spots. My friends all had long boards and I was borrowing a short board from my friend. It took me two days to barely get up on it until I caved and tried the long board, which was much easier. After a long day battling the waves and getting tossed into the sand, we went to THE pub in town and watched some rugby. Unfortunately, Ireland lost to wales :(
- Waiheke Island-- went to some wineries, walked along beaches, and explored underground tunnels from World War I
- Coromandel Peninsula--- We hiked the Pinnacles in one day, camped that night, and headed to Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach the next day. The view from the top was sweet as--you could see rolling hills on one side, and the ocean on the other. At the Hot Water Beach, we dug ourselves a hot-tub in the sand and water from the thermal vents poured in.
- My parents were here for two weeks. We tasted kiwi dishes, visited Motuihe Island, and my dad and I tramped through Mordor (Tongariro Crossing).