we are on a plane from auckland to hong kong – one of our very longest legs…and so after our amaaaaaazing week in new zealand i finally have some time to share some photos and descriptions from the first stop on our grand adventure. as i’ve been sorting through pictures, i can’t believe how unrepresentative they are of new zealand’s true splendor! we totally fell in love with that country.
we got off the plane in the dark and very rainy morning, having lost a whole day on our flight across the pacific due to the international date line. we got our rental car and set out through auckland as the first light of day crept in. it was very foggy and drizzly but we could tell we were entering some deep jungle bush as we drove towards the waitakere ranges regional park. this is how it looked when we arrived at the visitors’ centre:
(i was excited to get a picture in this huge frame with the incredible view behind, but this was the best we got that foggy morning!) …. we decided to try driving down to the coast, hoping it would clear up.
we did some more tramping through the bush:
and experimented with our new gopro camera and stick:
then got a better shot at the big picture frame!:
^^ can you spot the rainbow??^^ you can’t tell so well in this photo, but the jungle is so so dense!
we decided to drive back to the city and take the ferry from auckland to waiheke island. the boat ride was awesome and tramping around the island was provided really beautiful ocean and vineyard views.
^^ see the city out in the distance??^^
and the boat ride back at sunset! it was exhilarating.
an amazing first day in new zealand. we couldn’t have imagined then that we’d only seen such a tiny bit of nz gorgeousness. more to come from another long-ish plane or train ride!
i love traveling with the boy. he’s really the best.