Kia Ora!

Hello from the land where there are more sheeps than people! It’s been nearly a week since I arrived with my 14kg + 10kg backpacks to Auckland International Airport with a 6-month working holiday visa in hand.

I have spent the week moving between Couchsurfers’ places to save on hostels, getting a phone line, opening a bank account and doing all the usual “settling in a new city” things. I’ve been told it’s easier to use Couchsurfing when you are female as response rate is generally higher and more positive. Not sure if it’s true, or I have been plain lucky in finding nice hosts willing to have me for a couple of nights.

Auckland is so full with travellers at the moment, and especially since the weather has been treating us fairly well (insane heat at times) even the locals are out and about going places. In the span of 3 days, I have formed friendships with 2 Americans, 1 Austrian, 1 Belgian, 2 Dutch, 1 French, 4 Kiwis, 1 Norwegian, 2 Swedish and 1 Turkish. That’s how diverse the community in Auckland is! Not complaining at all, since it’s always interesting to immerse yourself in other cultures.

 Taken at Karekare beach, West Auckland

It’s Auckland Day on Monday, hence almost everyone is doing a road trip of some sort over the long weekend. I’m leaving for Coromandel Peninsula tomorrow morning! It’s said to be one of the many must-see spots in North Island, so I definitely cannot wait!

All images belong to Solosingaporean unless otherwise credited for. Please give credit where it’s due.


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