Solo Roadtrip in NZ, Day 1 (KNZ’19)

So where should I start?

Well, …I’ve been on roadtrips before just never alone, always with a friend at least. This time I’d be on the road, getting lost somewhere in New Zealand, all by myself.

Day 1

I started from Auckland heading to Waitakere.

First thing first, coffee. I couldn’t function properly without it anyway as I’m pretty sure many of you do as well! This is my most favorite coffee beans in AKL so far. Not only it is organic but also taste beautifully. One of the best around, a must try!

Kokako – Aotea

After getting my coffee fix, now back on the road heading to Waitakere. It didn’t take me that long, about 45 mins-ish to reach the first stop, well, it’s gotta be the beach of course.

Muriwai Beach

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About 15 mins before I arrive, the rain was pouring down so hard and didn’t seem like it was gonna stop anytime soon. No choice, I had to parked and stayed in the car for about 15 mins until I decided to go and wait at the cafe nearby waiting for the rain to stop or slow down.

After 30 mins-ish of waiting, having another cup of coffee, the rain seems to be slowing down so I drove back to the spot and got a few nice shots!

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Oh man, this beach is quite long and really beautiful in its own unique way. As the rain was almost stopped, I was able to see partial of rainbows! Ain’t that just spectacular?

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I walked a little around and guess what I found? This not-so-little water fall hiding behind the bushy entrance.

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After that I walked around and found a little path down to the beach. It was actually still raining a bit and all wet, though I saw a few people were surfing which was incredible! — RESPECT guys! Then, I moved on to the next stop.

Muriwai Gannet Colony

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My first glance was like wow, that’s heaps
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Where were you going in the middle of the rain?
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Just curious, what on earth were you thinking about?
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Checking out the view, were you?
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Aww, don’t be sad buddy, life’s not that bad!

They’re all look exactly the same but after some times, I was able to spotted a few differences, they were pretty amazing, really. Eventhough it was raining, I was taking the time, enjoying the moment longer than I had originally planned but it was just too interesting. Then I realized I had to go to my next stop –one of my most favorite beaches as last time I was there for the sunset, unplanned and it turned out to be one of the best sunsets ever! though this time it would be during the day and super cloudy.

Bethells Beach

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My beach.. as it was literally just me there, no one, nothing there but footprints on the sand. Well I mean I do love quiet, not crowded and all but wasn’t this just way too quiet? Anyway, as long as I have to beach by my side, it doesn’t really matter. I love it!

Anawhata Beach

After I arrived, I parked my car and walked down but to be honest I wasn’t sure what was at the end of the walk.

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On the way, I saw a little bushy entrance, then again, I could never resist it, couldn’t I? So yeah I walked through and Voila! at the edge of the hill with a lonely chair overthere. Man, it was breathtaking and I was speechless as I didn’t expect to find any of these, especially through the bushy entrance. Everthing looked gigantic from the point where I was standing. It was epic.

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Hidden Waterfall

Wow! I swear I didn’t even know there is a waterfall hidden in the middle of…somewhere! After spending my time there, feel like I never want to leave… but oh well, gotta move on.

Tasman Lookout (Piha Beach)

I did some research and it says that the sunset at Piha is pretty amazing so decided to come for the sunset here but hey! look at all those clouds, how am I supposed to watch the sunset as I didn’t even see the sun?? Anyhow, I started my walk from Piha beach and heading toward Tasman Lookout.

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First I saw this little cute waterfall I was like, whoa! where did you come from? Usually there was always sounds of water pouring down but no, not this one, I didn’t even hear a sound.

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After I walked for awhile, I was pretty sure it was there, I was at the exact spot as the google maps says but there was no path or stairs or whatever to the lookout. If so, I couldn’t find it! So I decided to walk back to the car and drove to the other end. The weather looks promising though, some blue sky finally! Really looking foward to the sunset.

Laird Thomson Track (North Piha)

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Oh man, it wasn’t easy to find the entrance! I was walking along the beach, following the guideline that I read online but still couldn’t find it. Then I saw one guy from afar, he was running with the surfboard in his arm so I followed him but he was running too fast, next thing I know, I saw him up on the mountain… jesus christ! how am I gonna get up there so I just walk around the edge of the mountain and finally! I found it.

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I walked up and down and then up all over again and again, and I was wondering if I got lost but no way I can know so I just kept walking until I finally reached the edge!

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Double rainbows

You know everytime I saw rainbows, I always feel like I deserve it as I usually had to go through the rain on and off, and to be real, it gets annoying sometimes. But the rainbows did make up for it all. So beautiful. Now I can see some sunlight was starting to shine so I was heading back to Piha beach, didn’t want to miss the sunset of course!SPK_0889

Great! now it’s back to cloudy haha, but no worry I was certain that the sun would come.

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As I was starting to see the golden light, I sat on the sand, holding the camera in my hands whilst my bare feet dipped in. I could feel the wind and ocean breeze passing through my body, I could hear the waves crashing and watch all those people walking pass, some were playing with their kids or their dogs, but everyone here sure enjoy every second of it.

The feeling at that exact moment was just priceless.

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Look at the reflection, how could I take my eyes off?

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Well, I guess this is it for the day. I didn’t want it to end, ever but well, it is what it is. I’m just grateful for everything that I got to see the sunset at the end and there’s no better way to end my day! 🙂

Adios!

One Tree Hill / Cornwall Park ( K’19 in NZ )

April 9, 2019

Kia Ora!

It has been awhile since my last post but here I am. Heading to where they called,

“One Tree Hill / Cornwall Park”

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Took a little walk around on the way to the park and found the sign next to the gate.. it was quite a beautiful sign eh?

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While I was wandering around I found these adorble cows, kept on chewing the grass without caring anything in the world or the surrounding next to them. Suuuuper cute!

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I know that I have to go to the top but I wasn’t sure which way.. and I saw the way up along with the warning signs says ‘Electric Fence’. I know I shouldn’t cross but I checked Google Maps, if I go the other way, I wouldn’t be able to catch the sunset so, I’ve decided to cross it!.. interesting.

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After I crossed the electric fence, I walked along this little path up the hills. Then, when I reach the top bit, I realized that I was up on the wrong hill.. Jesus Christ! I gotta walked back down and went the other way in a rush to catch the sunset.

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There it was.. my destination for the day, finally! Such a beautiful park.

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At the top, nice and fresh breeze passing through my face, it felt so nice. Don’t want to leave but oh well, before it gets real dark.. gotta say goodbye.

Auckland CBD ( K’19 in NZ )

Early April, 2019

Kia Ora!

Greeting in Maori like a kiwi. LOL. That’s the only word I know anyway.

So I’ve been here for nearly a month, it’s about time to explore around CBD. I’ve decided to walk around just to see what’s Auckland CBD has to offer. As I lived near Queen Street so, this is where I start.

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Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki

As I walked a bit further, I saw this little square. I actually have no idea what that was so, I went in, turned out it’s like a little square that have indy shops and eateries which were really cool.

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Chancery Square

Then, I keep walking until I reached the harbour, of course, couldn’t miss the blue shades.

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Viaduct Harbour

I’ve found this fascinating barque, docked right in front of me.. then I walked in closer and I saw the logo name, wow! impressive it’s called “Spirit of New Zealand” — of course, proudly NZ.

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Spirit of New Zealand

After taking some times, I walked back and then again, I have no idea what that is but the decoration were really nice so, I went in to check it out.

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Chilling Space

As city isn’t really my cup of tea so, nothing really exciting much for me.. just nice and chilling walks 🙂
Well, I know there are a whole lot more to explore but I’d called it a day for now..

Mt. Hobson, Remuera ( K’19 in NZ )

March 21, 2019

It’s time to wander around some place nearby. It’s called Mt. Hobson which located in Remuera where lots of wealthy people staying. It’s a very short walk to the top and it was a beautifully sunny day so, why not?

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Starting point

It was pretty quiet, as a matter of fact, I didn’t see anyone, not a soul –that’s how quiet it was but doesn’t matter as I kept walking up.

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A soul

After awhile, I looked back and Voila! I found a soul, LOL, he was walking behind me.

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On the way up!
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Two separate ways

Two separate ways but not a single sign to show where each way was supposed to lead to..so, I thought of a friend of mine (we did lots of hikings together), I’ve always chosen the wrong paths so, I was thinking what she would choose.. and I chose the simpler way, not the stairs, of course.

 

Turned out, I was wrong, what a surprise! You know how I know that? As I was walking, the path seems to go down than up and I’ve met a guy so I asked him which way to go to the top.. he said it was the other way, the stairs……..damn! so I walked back and went up the stairs way.

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It was quite nice little hike and there it was, the sky tower.. everywhere I go, I can see it. What an iconic!

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Another stair to the top
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Looking back!

Wow.. that was unexpectedly beautiful! So, I kept walking..

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Not sure what that mountain is but hey! it looks quite lovely, isn’t it?

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Top iconic

When I saw this one, whatever it called.. I know that I’m at the top of the mountain. lol.

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Benches at top

I was setting at the bench for awhile, not too long though as the sun was quite strong but it was really nice, chilling, and relaxing.

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On my way down, I saw this spot. Kinda cool as I haven’t had many photos like this.

 

Mt. Eden ( K’19 in NZ )

March 16, 2019

I had a free day, and felt like hiking so, let’s go to the mountain! It’s called “Mt. Eden”

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Entrance

The track was pretty easy, like just kept going and following the concrete path.

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Jogging

Heaps of people came here for jogging, running, and walking. I was the only one holding my camera… damn, very touristy of me.

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On the way up
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Down to Mountain Rd.

The stairs looked tempted.. I wasn’t sure if I should go down or not as the sign said, it’s going down to the road.. I probably shouldn’t but I did it anyway. Don’t why but for some reasons I just couldn’t resist these things and had to find out what was there at the end and Voila, it took me to the street so, I walked up the way I came.. Now, 10% of my energies were gone. Thanks to the stairs!

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It was real quiet, calm, and peaceful all the way up.. I swear I walked passed very fews people. Only heard birds chirping and the trees as the winds passed through. It was a cloudy day, thanks God.. so it was not too hot and not too cold but, it was quite humid though.

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Auckland Lookout

They called it “Auckland Lookout” but for me, it’s more like “Sky Tower Lookout”

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They called those teletubbies hills “Mount Eden Summit”

It was pretty amaing really, the curves and the little walkable paths all over the hills that we can walk through round and round.. and hey! I don’t feel like the only tourist anymore as at the summit, there were lots of tourists!

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Lonely Bench

See, that was one lonely bench.. it was just there by itself but hey! at least the surroundings were pretty amazing.

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On the way down

Luckily, the path was like a circle so, no need to walk back the way I came. After spending some times at the summit, I walked down and gosh, it was really beautiful, wasn’t it?

Browns Bay ( K’19 in NZ )

March 13, 2019

I’ve got a free day so, decided to go to the beach, of course! it had to be a beach, again. I lived in North Shore but Browns Bay is way up, a bit further like about an hour ride by public transport but hey! I’ve got nothing to do anyway so, why not?

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Browns Bay
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Browns Bay

Yep! that’s about it for “Browns Bay”, it was real peaceful and I meant way too peaceful. Quiet little area up north. I took a walk around from one side to another. There was nothing much to do so I found a god spot and I was just sitting there, watching the waves, listening to its sounds and watching a few people walked pass.

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Lonely lady

While I was walking pass, I saw this lady sitting and chilling by herself (just like me) and it looked just perfect which of course! I couldn’t resist. So I quietly took a snap and move on. Most of the people I saw, they came alone. Whether it was for just sitting still and doing nothing or reading a book by the beach.. Maybe they just want to escape all the busy stuffs in their lives and just be..

Now, confessing, I haven’t had anything to eat yet since I woke up and I was starving so, I went back to town to grab something to eat.. and voila! there was “Fish & Chips”.

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Fish & Chips at Browns Bay

Tradtionally wrapped up in a huge paper as usual. After I got it, I took it to the beach and seated! Now, it’s time to enjoy my meal.. and guess what? it was yummy even though I could never finish the chips, no matter how many times I’ve had them. Damn, how I miss eating them..

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Browns Bay

Remember that gigantic island? yeah, it was the same one as in Takapuna Beach.. Both beaches are kinda similar in term of the scenery but totally different vibes..

Well, to sum it up, if you’re looking for some place deadly quiet with no one and nothing to bother, come to Browns Bay and you’d love it, I promise.

However, if you’re looking for some place that is more.. alive, by all mean, Takapuna Beach is definitely the place for you!

Takapuna Beach ( K’19 in NZ )

I’ve been to a lot of countries either it was for vacations or staying but I’ve always had a friend with me, never alone. This time, I’m in Auckland, New Zealand by myself.

Yes! I am 6,000 miles away from home, from my comfort zone, from everything..

March 11, 2019

First destination since I got to Auckland —“Takapuna Beach” 
Of course! it’s gotta be a beach, where else could it possibly be?

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Takapuna Town

Hopping off the bus and Voila! there it was, little town next to the beach.

The weather was quite hot as the sun was so strong but a bit chilly at the same time with all the winds. The town was so clean and there weren’t a lot of people, real quiet there. So I kept walking to find the beach. It was just a short walk from the bus stop.

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Takapuna Beach

See the gigantic island over there? I think it’s “Rangitoto Island Scenic Reserve” which I’m definitely going one of these days.

After taking a few photos, and walking around, I found a good place to sit down and felt the beach vibes and all the ocean breeze!

It was magical and peaceful, ..everything was just.. slow.

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Stand-up paddle at Takapuna Beach

The lady whose paddling in the middle of the ocean, she was really strong (I do hope she put heaps of sunblock otherwise, the sun would seriously burn her skins off, i swear, it was that hot)

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Playground at Takapuna

The playground looks really cool, I want to try it out but decided not to…

 

Work and Travel 2015 [19]

Hola !

I’ve arrived at the famous Hollywood and visited Beverly Hills.. The city is beautiful, luxurious, worth to walk around and explore.

 

My plan was gonna go to Laguna beach, I’ve heard that it’s really beautiful and nice but..I got lost on the highway so, I drove back to Santa Monica instead.. It was amazing and nice as I thought.. So I walked around and waiting for the sunset..It was so peaceful and cozy.

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After that I went back to the hotel and take rest.. take full rest and get ready for next destination! 😀

Adios.

Work and Travel 2015 [18]

Hi !!

Now I drove all the way from Arizona to LA.. to the city!

Basically, I just walked around and see what they have.. following the Hollywood stars on the street. It was really cool.

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Checking out the famous Hollywood sign.

Griffith Observatory. Los Angeles. United State.

This is an amazing place to go watch the sunset!.. Couldn’t miss it since I’m a sunset chaser! 🙂 It was a little crowded but really amazing view to see..

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LA Museum Of Art. Los Angeles. United State.

The famous lights of LA… it was cool. there are so many lights and it looks stunning at night. Felt so good to be in the middle of the lights.

…. Next stop.. from city to the beach.. 😀

BYE !

Work and Travel 2015 [17]

Hi!!

It’s been a while but here I am, back to finish what I’ve started. 🙂

First stop, HorseShoe Bend..at first I have no idea where that is but my friend said just drive, trust her it is one of the place we gotta go so, …i drive haha..and finally.. long drive.. from Las Vegas (where my hotel at) to Arizona…yeah that’s right I was driving across the state…

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This is the path to walk though to reach the spot. It’s like a desert..so dry and hot..then I realized it is DESERT! …we took a short walk to reach the spot…and hell yeah! it is really beautiful..i was wondering how it turned out like this, or human shaped and make it look like this haha….so beautiful.

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HorseShoe Bend, Arizona

My friend told me that the green river that we saw called Colorado River, and I was like..oh really…haha I heard that before somewhere never know that I would actually be here. Nice though. but time is limit so ..gotta get going. 😀

Next stop, Grand Canyon National Park

When I arrived, it was raining..I was so hungry but can’t find a place to eat and the rain is too hard…well like I really need to see it..the famous national park…come on rain…stop raining please.. so I waited for awhile and it stopped..and then I took a walk around..

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

It was really stunning..what I’ve seen it was beyond my imagination..I mean I know it is gonna be huge but I never thought that it would be this huge..make me felt so small.. Then I waited to see the Sunset…yeah..can’t miss you know how I love sunset. 😀

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Sunset at Gran Canyon National Park, Arizona

After the sun is gone, I need to drive back at the hotel. It’s going to get dark and it’s gonna be long long drive.

So see you next trip 🙂

Mahalo.