All posts tagged: Piha

If you’re not bare foot then you’re overdressed

Ever since I’ve immersed myself in New Zealand culture I wondered how the Kiwis do it – running around bare feet all the time (I’ve even seen bare feet kids in Wanaka winter). They seem to have invisible hard skin under their feet and a very different perception of cold. Since being out here in Piha I’ve been training my feet hard to fit into this lifestyle: first thing in the morning after I wake up is a run down to the beach, over grass with prickles, rocks, asphalt and finally black sand down to the sea to dip my feet in. And while I still wear a beanie against the cold wind I’ve discovered that once your feet go numb from the cold you’re perfectly fine running around bare feet. This week I even had company during my beach walks – Ruby stayed with me for a couple of days and the daily early-morning routine became even better (especially when she cuddled up at my feet and let me tuck my feet into her …

Real good friends are the ones who jump into a freezing waterhole with you

It’s always nice to have surprise visitors but it’s even better when it’s one of those people close to your heart. Rob is one of them and I was delighted to hear he’d be in Auckland over the weekend and come out to Piha for a visit before I leave. We only spent twenty-four hours together and these were as usual a treat for the soul – completely being yourself and relaxing in each others company. Rob and me have a long history of bush walking together so of course we had to head out on another adventure…. Our destination wasn’t a proper bush walk but rather  just following up a stream in Piha and fighting our way through enormous plants to find a waterhole called the coffin (because of its shape). When I suggested jumping in I knew that Rob was thinking exactly the same thing and wouldn’t say no to a refreshing waterfall dip. It was cold – yes, but so worth it. Another moment to add to our history of amazing adventures and …

Life as an Au Pair in a beach paradise west of Auckland

It’s been a while since I last posted but honestly – would you be bothered spending your time in front of a computer blogging if you lived at a beach like that? Life out here on the beach is so relaxed and chilled that I sometimes forget there’s a world out there that keeps spinning and friends who keep asking themselves where the heck I am. I am in Piha, a small beach town approximately one hour outside of Auckland and since three weeks I live and work here as an Au Pair. While I was traveling through the country, sending many applications and not getting any (serious) replies I was ready to give up, change my flight dates and return home earlier to get healthy and fit for the winter season. And just then – when I expected it least – the opportunity to work and live with a Kiwi family showed up. In brief that means I take care of three lovely girls, get them to school and kindergarten in the morning, go on …

A long weekend with Rob: Walking, talking and great food

I still owe you guys a report from last weekend here in New Zealand. That’s probably an update most of you are curious about as it involves former boyfriend Rob. And from all the messages and mails I got from you since launching this blog I can assure you that THE most frequently asked question is: How are things with Rob these days? To cut a long story short and disappoint all of you: The love story is over since a while and Rob and me are just good friends now. Even fantastic friends I would say.  Enough words – here’s what we’ve been up to in pictures: We kicked off Saturday with a hike to the Kitekite Falls deep in Piha Valley’s rainforest. Ruby seemed to be stoked to join us, putting on her smiling face.  We then stopped at South Piha to have a look at the waves, an interesting chat to a Surf Coach and a quick snack with views of the beach before heading into our next adventure: the Marawhara Track …

The day I learned that dogs are not actually able to nod…

First thing I did last week after my arrival – apart from falling asleep on the couch – was going down to Piha which is a lovely beach-side  township at New Zealand’s west coast. Lonely Planet introduces Piha with these words: If you notice an Auckland surfer dude with a faraway look, chances are they’re daydreaming about Piha… or just stoned. This beautifully rugged, iron-sand beach has long been a favourite for refugees from the city’s stresses – whether for day trips, weekend teenage parties or family holidays. The view of the coast as you drive down Piha Road is spectacular. Last year when we first drove down to Piha it was already dark and we had no clue what an amazing view we missed but this time I got a picture on the way down. The big rock right at the beach is called Lion Rock – you can clearly see where that name comes from in the evening when the plants on the rock transform into a giant “mane” glowing in the sunset. …