A lovely day in Auckland

On my arrival I walked through the airport in Auckland with a sense of unreality. I was finally in New Zealand, on the other side of the world. I stayed four nights in Auckland and mainly used the city as a base for day tours.

02 Mt Eden summit

The next day I walked from my hostel in the central business district to the top of Mt Eden.

03 Mt Eden One Tree Hill view

It was only the second time I summited a volcano (the first one was Nea Kameni in Santorini), but I would definitely climb more if all of them were this lush and green.

04 Mt Eden city view

The view from Mt Eden was amazing. I could see the harbour bridge, the sky tower, and all the way to Rangitoto island! I stopped for ice cream on my way down the slopes and then headed for the harbour where I took the Fullers ferry to Waiheke island.

05 Hauraki Gulf

The ferry entered the incredibly beautiful Matiatia Bay on the western side of the island.

06 Waiheke island Matiatia Bay

From there I walked to Oneroa beach on the northern side for my premier swim on this trip. On my way back to the ferry terminal I met a bunny which watched me before it hopped away into a hole in the ground. I didn’t come to New Zealand to study wild animals, but over the following weeks I enjoyed watching the local birds, noticing similarities and differences compared to the ones at home.

07 Waiheke island
At the ferry terminal I followed the northern coastal track to find a spot for sunset. Surprisingly I was alone on my walk up and down the hills and it really felt I had the beautiful landscape all to myself.

08 Waiheke island sunset self portrait

I sat down on a grassy hill and watched the orange sunset over Auckland in the far distance. The following week was magical and I felt so lucky.

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Mathias is a travel addict who loves cherry blossoms, sunsets and the sea.

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