* Bye for now, New Zealand
All good things come to end (including our New Zealand trip). Living and traveling for a few months in New Zealand was a very worthy experience, but obviously the time has come to move on (plus it was the beginning of winter anyway).
We spent most of our last two weeks in New Zealand back in Auckland and the beaches around it, slowing down the pace while trying to sell our car and run other errands. We’d also had an honorable guest, who flew all the way from San Francisco to visit us in New Zealand (respect!).
As you witnessed in our posts and photos, we’ve had an amazing time in New Zealand – nature, wildlife, food, people – all was fantastic (maybe except for the sinks). Bye for now, we’ll be back!
Back in Auckland, we were winding down from our active trip mode, welcoming M, our esteemed guest and enjoying a fantastic AirBnB apartment (pictured).
While saddened by the imminent end of our trip, we were pretty happy with the top notch kitchen at our AirBnb digs (and the extra cook! Thanks M for all the salads.)
Quite possibly the most important feature of the apartment was its proximity to Kokako, perhaps the best coffee shop we found in New Zealand. Here a picture of perfection during one of our daily (or twice-daily) visits.
Auckland has some pretty nice views, and some very cool cafes. Nice to combine both a view and a cafe.
America’s Cup Team New Zealand home. Can you spot the three boats of past races?
Between selling the car and running other final errands, we tried to escape the rainy city whenever we could. On this day, it rained all day except for our 30-minute picnic, on the beach near Leigh, about an hour north of Auckland. And we got this huge rainbow – woohoo!
No New Zealand trip can be complete without some wildlife in the wild.
Another great day trip to Piha Beach in West Auckland. Just an hour drive from the city, yet it feels as rugged as the beaches of the South Island.
The weather was again fickle, with crazy downpour followed by awesome sun and vice versa, resulting in photogenic rainbows and wet photographers.
The beach had some cool rock formations, and lots of surfers.
And lots of green mussels!
A, modeling with the green mussels.
Bye for now – it’s been amazing – we’ll be back!