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.
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.
It wasn’t long until we came upon the falls, which was really just a series of small, um, fairy-like falls.
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.
I’m sure I’ll be sore tomorrow, but it was nice to get a glimpse of what New Zealand has to offer.