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.
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.
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!
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?
I walked a little around and guess what I found? This not-so-little water fall hiding behind the bushy entrance.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
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!
Great! now it’s back to cloudy haha, but no worry I was certain that the sun would come.
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.
Look at the reflection, how could I take my eyes off?
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! 🙂