A couple weeks ago I had the unexpected opportunity to travel to New Zealand. While a majority of the trip was spent working in an office building, I was thankful to see a little bit of the country. I spent most of my time in Auckland but I did venture out a little and was really fortunate to be able to do a family session (which was amazing).
One of the most visible parts of their skyline is the Sky Tower. There’s a Casino at the bottom and it’s the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. You can go to the top (I have some photos of my trip to the top) and they have bungy jumping from it…crazy!
Volcano crater. They don’t allow you to go in this area. It’s crazy deep.
More from the top of the Sky Tower. You can see a few more of the Volcanos. It’s hard to point out “One Tree Hill” from the U2 song but it’s in the image on the right. Unfortunately, an activist cut down the one tree so there’s just a monument there now.
From inside the Sky Tower…Rangitoto in the distance.
Harbour Bridge from the top of the Sky Tower. They say that it’s a hammerhead breeding ground underneath. Oh, and they offer bungy jumping of it too!
And here’s my very favorite part…Piha Beach. This is a gorgeous black sand beach on the West Coast (about 45 min from Auckland). I mean, come on….how amazing is this?!
Black sand. This comes from the iron in the water. But it sparkles and is really amazing!
The image below is a view of Piha. The rock at the bottom is Lion Rock. The one we climbed.
This is proof I was there. You’ll see more of these beautiful girls in another blog post but we had the BEST time together talking about differences in our vocabulary. Examples: jandles = flip flops, lift = elevator, take away = carry out
And these are iPhone pics but I took the ferry over Devonport (where Lourde is from) to grab fish & chips with some friends. Aside from the beauty of Piha, this really gave me a taste of feeling like a local Kiwi. 🙂 It was a little chilly but honestly, could have been worse considering it is winter there!
Although it was a quick trip, I’m grateful for the opportunity to have seen this part of the world. It’s so beautiful and I can’t say enough about the people I met there.