12 days in the Far North – the Ahipara highlights

by Melissa on February 3, 2011 · 2 comments

Kia ora, kids!  (That’s welcome in Maori, for those not familiar with New Zealand culture.)  I’ve been a slacker, but that’s totally fine with me.  Any time I’m on my computer I always feel a little bit guilty about not being outside enjoying the lovely weather and ozone-layer-free New Zealand sun (DANGER, DANGER!  Play safe, kids, always wear your sunscreen!) Anyways… the Ahipara highlights!  Wow.  What an amazing little town.  It is such a quaint little small town, right on the end of 90 Mile Beach.  Not to mention, spending 11 days with Kate was absolutely amazing.  Meeting her boyfriend, Thom, and super awesome flatmates, Briar and Amy was incredible.  They’ve all got to be best combination of the nicest, sweetest, most hospitable, funny people that you could ever meet.
So, since it has been so long since my last entry, and a lot has happened in the interim, I am going to make this a little different and just make some point form notes about the exciting things that happened.
-Back-to-School Party… nuff said back to school party

-day trip to Cape Rienga with Emma and Dawson and Bradford (Cape Rienga is the top tip of the north island, where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet – a spiritual Maori land) cape reinga

-going for tons of walks on the beach, and swimming in the freezing cold waters
– cliff jumping at the waterfall
jumping off waterfalls
-sailing – and despite no wind, we still came 4th in the race.
– going for a quad ride with Thom
– horseback riding (Thom’s dad’s horses)
– seeing a penguin on the beach… and then sadly seeing him dead a few days later…
– eating amazing food for 10 days
– having a fabulous dinner with Thom’s family, that turned into drinking games with the parents!
– setting up Kate’s new classroom classroom

– giggling with Briar about Southern Belle pickup lines
– waking up to Briar bringing me a nice cup of coffee… AMAZING
– waking Amy up with a cup of coffee, using a pickup line and confusing the crap out of her…
– driving Pippi.  Kate’s car.  On the wrong side of the road, in the wrong side of the car – didn’t do bad considering it was pouring rain.
– witnessing Kate’s awesome Mohawk haircutting skills cutting mohawk

– making  it up onto the quote board!
– Bradford’s drunken way of waking someone up…. WOAH! Lol!  Nuff said.
– scoring a ride back to Auckland with Jose (Thom’s brother) and NOT having to take the bus
– just general amazing times with great people.
I seriously can’t wait to go back.
I’m currently somewhere between Hahei and Raglan, on a Stray bus tour… so my internet is kind of limited, but I will try to be a little bit more quick with my updates.  Till then, in the words of Bradford, live deliberately.
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Kate October 21, 2012 at 11:45 am

Ah, fun times memories!
“I seriously can’t wait to go back” and that you did!
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Melissa October 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

You of all people know that when I say I’ll do something, I bloody well do it – especially if it’s travel related 😉

Such fun memories!


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