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Sep 23th: We woke about at about 6:00 am and were incredibly tired. It's always just pretty difficult to motivate yourself to wake up at such an early hour on the weekend. It had also been Ryan's first week of work, so the sleep deprivation was real. We stumbled out of bed and made a quick breakfast and coffee to take on the road.
We jumped in our campervan Noah and went to pick up our friend Riley. We were set to join a "Meet Up" group. Long story short, Ryan and I joined a community called Meet Up that has its platform on a mobile application. You can join whatever group that suits your fancy. This one was a hiking group that was doing a weekend long trip and our first stop for the day was the Blue Spring along the Te Waihou Walkway.
There were about fifteen people who went on the trip with us and it was hosted by an amazing guy named Charlie. He put the whole trip together. We met at a local train station with the rest of the group and then headed south for the spring.
The Blue Spring is located about two hours south of Auckland and is absolutely worth the drive. It is where New Zealand gets about 70% of its drinking water. The spring is fed through the Mamaku Plateu where water takes 50-100 years to filter through. In turn this allows the water to be extremely clear. I believe the water is so blue because of this long filtering process.
The Te Waihou Walkway runs adjacent to the spring and is a loop that takes about 2-3 hours to walk. Walking along it was pretty easy and we literally stopped every couple of feet to take pictures. It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL, like everything in New Zealand. As I mentioned before, the water was literally crystal clear and a BRIGHT aqua blue. There are also apparently some designated areas for swimming which are farther away from the actual spring itself!
Towards the end of the track our group stopped to enjoy lunch. Unfortunately Ryan and I left our food in the car and didn't get to enjoy with the rest of the group. But, we did head back after relaxing for a bit in order to make some peanut butter, nutella and banana sandwhiches. These are some of our go-to foods while on the road.
Sept 16th: Per Usual, the weather forecast was supposed to be raining but we had a small window of sunshine that we wanted to take advantage of. We decided to go to Duder Regional Park. It's located about an hour south east of Auckland. Right when we arrived, it started pouring but soon after it cleared up and we had some beautiful weather. I really enjoyed Duder, because of the beautiful lush green rolling hills filled with spring blooms and sheep. There was also the aqua blue ocean of Hauraki Gulf in the background.
We started our hike. It was a pretty mild hike and only took us about two hours to complete. It was just incredibly muddy and filled with cow and sheep poop. It was pretty hard to tell what was mud and what was poop. I ended up stepping in a huge monstrous cow poop too. I think it must of been my lucky day.
We also got to see a ton of sheep. A really cool thing about walking on these tracks is that they are partially through farmland, hence you get to see a ton of sheep and get up close and personal with them. They are quite sheepish, if you know what I mean. We ended up having an awesome time and had a afternoon picnic amongst all the poop.
We quickly explored Mount Cook National park & unfortunately came across the unexpected.Read More