After three weeks travelling through New Zealand there weren’t many things left to see in the North Island. Reading the guide we saw something that sounded nice for a relaxed week: Waiheke Island.

So on Monday we took the ferry from Auckland (18 NZ$ a one-way ticket) and arrived there in 40 minutes. Waiheke Island welcomed us with rain and wind, a bad start for the week. We tried to book any place to stay in the town, Oneroa, but everything was booked already, so we found Kina Backpackers. It is a really nice hostel with reasonable prices and really friendly people located in an amazing beach but far away from the town.

Waiheke Island is a beautiful and green island that reminded us to our dear Rarotonga. The main problem, though, is the public transport: they only have a bus per hour! So it’s quite hard to get to the town if you’re far away, even to the supermarket! (there’s just one supermarket in the whole island!)

As soon as we arrived to the backpackers, the guy there told us that a cyclone was about to arrive, so on Tuesday we couldn’t do anything but watching the rain and wind. By the way, it was our first cyclone. We don’t have cyclones in Spain! And well, if you ask me, it was like a big storm. Just annoying for what we thought it would be a sunbathing week!

On Wednesday the weather was much better, so after buying a day-pass for the bus, we went through the whole island.

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Marina in a swing

Waiheke is mainly famous for its vineyards, it’s something like the kiwi Tuscany: everywhere you look there’s a green vineyard!

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And of course we had to give it a try, so we went to a wine tasting in The Hay Paddock Wines. Marina told me that in Tuscany you can try wines without paying anything, here we paid 15 NZ$ for tasting 3 wines. Well, this is not Tuscany, but the wines were totally worth it!

 

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The Hay Paddock wine

Finally we could also go to the beach and get a bit of sun, we have to preserve our tan!! And we went again on Thursday morning, before going back to Auckland.

The best of Waiheke was definitely all the people we met. In the backpackers we met all sorts of international people who gave us the chance to speak in Spanish again and to realize that if we want to work in New Zealand, we can do it, it’s just a matter of knowing what do we need and how much effort will we put on that. Again, it made me think of how lucky I am for what I am doing.

Sometimes I think we still don’t react. I mean, we see all those amazing places and we are like “oh, yeah, nice place. Let’s go to the next one” without even showing any excitement, and I don’t know if it’s a matter of saturation, of not understanding totally where we are or it’s just that we are getting used to the beauty of the world. Any option is possible, and probably I won’t be aware of what I’ve done and where I’ve been until the trip ends.