Zeal in New Zealand
If Kangaroo Island had a do-over it would be Rangiputa Beach. Here, at the top shores of the Karikari Peninsula, Tyler and I gazed in awe at the beautiful white sand beaches, the crystal blue waters and the wonderful lack of people during the winter season. Every day we saw at least one rainbow arching proudly across the sky. This made the beautiful harbor seem all the more magical.
Cape Reinga is considered sacred by the Maori people, as they believe the Cape is the place where their souls jump off into the ocean to return to their spiritual homeland when their time on earth is finished. For this reason, this is considered the most sacred site in all of New Zealand.
With a population of 56,400, Whangarei is the Northland’s largest city. The lack of population certainly does not mean there is a lack of things to do in this natural wonderland. Tyler and I spent one full day in the city and found more than enough to keep ourselves interested and entertained.
Mangawhai has a fascinating history. Ages ago the Maori people inhabited the land before the Europeans came to settle it. In 1825, a Maori leader returned to the area and regained the land from the Europeans in a bloody battle.
Tyler and I agree that our time in Auckland felt like a bad dream. The rush of the city, the sounds of traffic and people rushing by – it just wasn’t our jam. Now, just a few short hours north of the city, we were surrounded by nature so beautiful that we felt like we were still in a dream, only this time we didn’t want to wake up.
As we made our way down towards the falls, the two individuals approached us, sopping wet. We asked them if it was worth it and they whole-heartedly agreed that it was. The woman was about our age and from Austin, Texas. The man was an Englishmen and they had met at a hostel.
Everything you need to know for a successful working holiday in New Zealand.