So today was the beginning of my 3 day Go East Stray trip to the east coast of New Zealand, the apparently sunniest part in the whole country. However, New Zealand much like the rest of the world is suffering from an odd change of weather this season. Much like Europe ‘s been having the coldest winter ever, Canada’s west coast the warmest, and here in New Zealand, the rainiest summer. I guess that’s global warming for yea, get ready for different climates.
Today we drove from Rotorua to Maraehako Bay via the Pacific Highway 35, this beautiful beach drive along the coast filled with some spectacular views! This drive is rated in the AA Guides’s top 101 things to do when in New Zealand , and I defiantly don’t disagree.
For our accommodations we stayed at the Maraehako Bay Retreat , a cozy beach front hostel right on the ocean. It was literally the epitome of the perfect beach house complete with oyster shell stairways!
We had the option of doing free kayaking that afternoon, and of course I went because I love free things, especially free kayaking .
I call this “Sexy Kayak”
Even though we just paddled around the bay, my British friend Gina and I found this cove and decided to paddle into it thinking it was a lot bigger than it was. I actually felt a small moment of terror when the waves started crashing and pushing us into the cave, but rest assure, we were perfectly safe.
We then docked onto this private beach where Gina and I sectioned off a piece of beach each and pretended to have a beach war.. lol.
Look close and you can see Nadine’s Beach and Gina’s Beach written in the sand
In the evening to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day we had a fire back at the hostel including a BBQ, drinks and some Irish music via one of the Irish girls in our group.