I've been in New Zealand for 2 weeks and have seen nothing but the inside of an office for most that time. I was determined to change that today and took off exploring with no plan, no map, no gps and no idea. I ended up here. A place called Martins Bay to the north of Auckland. It was nice enough and pretty and all but east coast beaches just don't feel 'right' to me. Does anyone else who was born and raised in the west get that feeling?
The most famous landmark in my new home - Auckland, as seen from my balcony. I've been in the country 4 days and still haven't climbed it. I have however set up 2 bank accounts, organised a local mobile number, got a tax file number and set up a retirement fund. Oh, and crossed 10 properties off my potential places to live list. Adulting has knobs on it sometimes but I'm sure the wait to climb this thing will be worth it.
“Someone once told me the definition of hell; on your last day on earth, the person you could have become will meet the person you became.” ― Anonymous. I came across this quote a few months ago and it's haunted me ever since. I've made a few tough decisions recently which have resulted in me starting a new life in a new country as of tomorrow but I'm sure it'll lead to the best version of me. Watch this space.
Another stunner from my time in the Bungle Bungles. With the winter weather in Perth right now it's any wonder people of all ages flock north to weather like this. This is just one of the views you can expect on the Whipsnake Gorge walk in the Purnululu National Park. It's a 10km return walk that includes detours to viewing platforms and natural windows through and over these distinctive domes.
Finally! Can you believe I worked 50kms from this place for nearly 6 yrs and have only just recently been! Crazy right!? It was definitely worth the wait and I will now be spruiking this national park to anyone who'll listen. Echidna Gorge in the Purnululu National Park (most people know it as the Bungle Bungles) is a short, easy walk with stunning views like this at the end. That little speck you see at the bottom of the shaft of light is a person - just in case you needed a frame of reference on how impressive this place is.
I’ve been pretty quiet on here recently and here’s why - a month spent exploring places like this in the Kimberley region of West Australia. The big sky’s, vibrant colours and of course the warm weather, makes it an awesome winter holiday destination. Stay tuned for more winter warmers over the next week.