Taupo & Paihia

The past few days have been wonderful! Although I’ve yet to have a bad day. In Taupo I decided, rather spontaneously, to skydive from 15,000 feet which was both the most amazing thing I’ve ever done and the stupidest. I can’t really put into words what it feels like to jump out of a plane, if you’ve ever done it then I’m sure you feel the same.

The stop in Taupo was short, we will be stopping back there for two days when I come back south. Taupo is known for its lake, an enormous caldera formed by a volcanic explosion some 20,000 years ago. It’s amazing how such a violent event can create something so beautiful.

After a brief stop in Auckland, where I went up to the Sky Tower to view panoramic views of the city, we headed to the tip of New Zealand, Paihia!

Volcanic Island Near Auckland
View of Auckland

On the way up to Paihia, we stopped by Whangerei Scenic Reserve for a nice walk and beautiful pictures which I’ve attached here. Always nice to stretch your legs after riding in the bus and take in the scenery, this country has no ugly spots.

Paihia feels like a paradise, like South Pacific islands! I went horse trekking which included swimming with the horses and decided to stay another night to soak up the sun. I may or may not have a bit of sunburn. This afternoon we head back down to Auckland for the night and to Hot Water Beach, I cant wait!

Horse Trekking on Dusky

The people I’ve met on this experience are wonderful! It’s so easy to make decent friends because of how open everyone is which can be very different from the way it is back home.

I’m off to enjoy my last morning in Paihia!

Beautiful Bay of Paihia
View back to Paihia from Golf Course

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