Last week, all of the Uni students were off for spring break. It’s still weird thinking spring break is in August/September, but then I realized I’ll have TWO spring breaks this year, so I can’t complain. Students travelled all over NZ to get a look of some of the greatest things the country has to offer. I knew a lot of people who traveled to the north of the South Island to Abel Tasman. That place is supposed to be one of the most beautiful places in the country, which was confirmed when my flat mates came back from there and showed me their pictures from the beach tramp they did. A few of my mates and I decided to do something a little different. We figured this would be the best opportunity to travel to the North Island and see what’s happening up there. We wanted to be adventurous and what’s more adventurous than renting a campervan and living/traveling in it for a full week?! Let me tell you, this was one of the coolest experiences of my life. Not only did we get to see the beauty of the north, but living in a van with four people was mean (Kiwi for cool, good, etc. I hope I’m using that right). Everything is so tight you have no choice but to get to know the people you’re with and lucky for us, we all got along, no problems at all.
We started in Auckland and picked up our van, which we eventually named Rhonda because every car needs a solid name. Then we began our trip going north to Matakana where we were able to take in an incredible sunset on a beach. We travelled back down the east coast, stopping at Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula, which is better than advertised. We continued down the coast driving through Tauranga and then moving inland through Rotorua and Taupo, three amazing places that I wish I had more time in. We finished up in Wellington on Friday afternoon and were able to experience the Wellington Night Market and try some pretty unique food. We flew back from Wellington to Dunedin on Saturday, exhausted, smelly, but with some of the best memories we’ve made since being in New Zealand. Going back to school this week was not easy after such a great trip, but it definitely reignited the travel bug and I can’t wait for my next adventure!
If you want to read a more detailed version of my trip, check out my other blog https://theinexperiencedtravelersite.wordpress.com/ . In the next few days, I’ll be putting up a day by day break-down of where we were and what we did . Cheers!