Hi lovely people! Just a quick update from this side of the world: After so many days snoozing in Wellington it was time to move on – up the coast to Taranaki. The drive is about five hours but of course it took me way longer – stopping at beautiful beaches, putting my feet into the black sand, watching the waves and just soaking up the sunshine. T-Shirt weather, finally! Enjoy your sunday while I enjoy another night of much needed sleep.
1) Windy place. 2) South tip of the North Island. 3) Tourist shot. 4) Marlborough Sounds at the North tip of the South Island.
1) Little car waiting to get into the belly of big boat. 2) Boarding. 3) One last look back towards the North Island. 4) On Board the Aretere – spotting my new home island.
1) Get splashed by the giant water-thing (still haven’t found on what this is for) 2) Find perfect gifts and other curiosities at Iko-Iko-Shop 3) Enjoy banana bread – toasted with butter… 4) … at Soho bakery. All of them on Cuba Street.
I had a fantastic drive from New Plymouth down to Wellington. Last time we had taken the coastal route (Surf Highway 45) west of Mt. Taranaki so I opted for the inland route this time, going around Mt. Taranaki on its east side. I stopped a couple of times to enjoy the mountain views, then later in Wanganui for a coffee break, in Foxton to explore some second hand book shops (and the world’s best Goldie shop – a true must-see!) and in Paraparaumu to see the beach. It gets dark quite early over here so when I got into Wellington just after five it was already night-time – which doesn’t really help finding your way when you don’t know the city very well. Plus, Wellington seems to only have one way streets so you better know your way around when you get there without a GPS. A map in one hand and the steering wheel in the other one I tried to find a specific street in Te Aro when all of a sudden …