Welcome to New Zealand, Mates

We spent our last days in New Zealand with our good friends Brunner and JoJo. We took them to a few of our favorite places and saved a couple big adventures for their visit.

Brunner and JoJo arrived in New Zealand in the evening. While I cooked dinner, Ben took them on their first tramp to Mt. Aubrey. Despite the setting sun, Ben insisted there was enough light to climb the mountain. They were good sports, and I think they got a glimpse of the view Mt. Aubrey has to offer before the sun set over the bay.

We started the following day with a ride around town and a mountain top view of the city of Whangarei.

Whangarei

Whangarei

For the first time since we arrived in New Zealand, it was cold and windy. It’s early fall here, so the drop in temperature was expected. Ben and I have been living in such warm climates for the past two years that a slight drop in temperature is absolutely freezing! Hence, the jackets.

Whangarei

Photo courtesy of Ryan Brunner

Whangarei

Photo courtesy of Ryan Brunner

By the time we got to our second stop of the day, Whangarei Falls (which you may remember), the clouds were parting and the temperature was rising – great weather for a short hike.

Whangarei Falls

Whangarei Falls

Whangarei Falls

Whangarei Falls

Whangarei Falls

We followed the footpath deep into the woods, and made our way to the Canopy Walkway. According to a long, informative poem at the entrance, the Canopy Walkway is 229 feet long and 46 feet high.

Whangarei Falls

Photo courtesy of Ryan Brunner

Photo courtesy of Ryan Brunner

The Walkway got us up close and personal with the ENORMOUS Kauri trees! The trees were too big to fit within the camera’s view (or that of my own eyes), so it was impossible to get a good perspective from where we were standing. Just imagine looking straight up and not being able to see the top of the trees!

Whangarei Falls

We were sweating by the time we got back to the car. Summer is still hanging on. Hopefully, it stays around for our last few days in the country.

We returned to the apartment, had a delicious dinner, and hit the sack early to prepare for the most anticipated adventure of the entire trip: Poor Knight’s Islands.

2 thoughts on “Welcome to New Zealand, Mates

  1. Judy Casey

    great to see you are posting again! Love to see the pictures of your adventures! Shirley really enjoyed your visit last week!

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