For a full week we have been wandering north of Auckland enjoying yet another remarkable area of New Zealand. This place. It is ceaselessly full of surprises.
More times than I can count I have mentioned how much it reminds me of my home state of Washington. But only when it isn’t reminding me of
my other favorite state of Hawaii. Or California. Or Norway. Or Ireland. All of this, while being completely and utterly, uniquely New Zealand.
One of the best things about this country is how unpopulated it is. Fewer people in the entire country than in Washington State. Washington state has over 7 million and New Zealand just over 4 million. The largest city of Auckland is home to 1.4 million of those people. New Zealand overall is a bit smaller than Italy. Throughout the country the number of teeny but thriving towns and little weather ecosystems is amazing.
And green. Everything is so green.
The “Northland”, the area of the North Island that lies North of Auckland is a water lovers wonderland, although most of the water we saw came falling from the sky. We even experienced a cyclone, but at the time we didn’t know that was what it was. But as the Kiwi’s say “no worries”. We enjoyed the winding roads, we strolled on the beach and watched the full moon rise. We swam in the ocean, got up to watch the sunrise and went exploring for Glowworms in a cave. We went to the very northern tip of the country and gazed out to where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. We dined on exceptional seafood and as always, we walked and walked and walked.