Our First Day Tramping

Suddenly, there has been a flurry of posts, and there are more to come. Since we didn’t have internet for two weeks, I was able to get caught up. So, I am going to *try* to get a new post up every day. I must admit, we also have friends coming to visit next week (our last week in New Zealand), and I don’t want to be working while they’re here. Without further ado…

It’s not called hiking in New Zealand – it’s called tramping. While we’re waiting to hear back from potential room rentals, Ben and I decided to tramp the area directly behind our current house, the Waitakere Ranges. The Ranges are only about 15 miles west of the city, so it’s a popular area for day trips. A five-minute drive away from the house, we found Scenic Drive. Scenic Drive follows the coastline and boasts very pretty views.

Auckland, New Zealand

The road continued all the way to the beach, but we wanted to hike. We chose to hike the Fairy Falls trail. The first 20 minutes of the trail was downhill (not a good sign for the return trek), and it was a pleasant walk surrounded by green. “Green” is the best way to describe it. After seeing the brown of winter at home and the blue of the ocean on the cruise ship, the trail was startlingly green.

Auckland, New Zealand

It wasn’t long until we came upon the falls, which was really just a series of small, um, fairy-like falls.

Auckland, New ZealandAuckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand


Auckland, New Zealand

We continued the hike, and we waited until we had made it most of the way back uphill before we stopped for lunch. After lunch, Ben noticed that his sunglasses were missing, so we turned around and retraced our steps. We passed someone on the way who said he saw a pair of sunglasses sitting off the path. We went to where he had mentioned, and, sure enough, we found Ben’s glasses. Someone had placed them on a tree stump so they wouldn’t get crushed. New Zealanders just scored another point with us.

On the way back, we stopped for a photo of the surrounding area opposite the coastline.

Auckland, New Zealand

I’m sure I’ll be sore tomorrow, but it was nice to get a glimpse of what New Zealand has to offer.

2 thoughts on “Our First Day Tramping

  1. Nancy Schnurr

    Just got a link to your blog from Helen O’Neill. We met you two in LaPenita RV park. We spent a monthy in NZ and 3 months in Auz a few years ago. First day out I went to a store looking for a cooler and ice packs. A very pleasant clerk laughed and said you are actullly looking for a Chiili bin and slicker pads!! I am?? That was the first day and it just went on. We stayed at Top 4 campgrounds. They had amazingly inexpensive little spotlessly clean cabins. They were all over NZ. Always well located and exactly the same so knew what we were getting. It was a little different name in Auz. Big 10 or something like that. They were like KOA cabins. Check them out. Nancy

    1. Tara Post author

      Hi Nancy! I remember meeting you in La Penita. Thanks for reading the blog! I’ve seen some of those campgrounds around. We arrived in the high season, so most places were booked solid. It’s quieter now though. We’ll have to keep them in mind for our next trip. Did you get to explore the whole country, or did you stick to one island? We’re thoroughly combing the North Island, and we plan to come back to see the South. There’s just too much to do and see in such a short time!