A trip to Taupo, Rotorua and Tauranga
One lovely sunny day, I was sitting outside reading my book in the shade, expecting it to stay that way for the rest of the day, only to be horrified a little later realising that the intense heat of the sun (as it is over here) was beating down on me. It was only then I realised: the sun goes through the sky the opposite way here! And guess what, so does the moon! And all the stars are upside down! Well, I guess I really am on the other side of the world...
In any case, life seems like one long holiday to us at the moment, and the surroundings, I must say, are absolutely stunning. However, to be able to live this life, we've noticed how we've had to let go of attachments to many things and in stead trust the universe to provide what we need. We just ask for something, put it out there, and then let it go. As mentioned previously, the wood for our bed, and most of our kitchen equipment, but also clothes (including clothes for the wedding), even spring water (which we acquired in various places), and the jandels (aka flip-flops) I picked off a random endless fence full of old shoes are perfect examples of this.
Anyway, Scott and I went for a two week trip in our new home, first to Palmerston North where we spent Boxing Day with another part of Scott's family, and then went on through Egmont National Park, overlooking the beautiful mountains, to Taupo where we stayed with a bunch of Scott's friends at a holiday house (or 'batch' as they call it here) for New Year's. We went on several 'missions', like a walk next to the river leading right up to Huka Falls (we actually sat in a little cave under the waterfall! - if you know that 220.000l of water goes through the Huka Falls each second, you can imagine the roar and vibration we felt in that cave...), and a kajak trip down the river (with several stops such as at a rope swing into the water and a thermal spring where we rubbed miracle mud onto our faces turning them into babysoft bum-cheeks), ending just before Huka falls, and spent the rest of the time relaxing (as we have so much stress!).
Then on we went to Rotorua where we treated ourselves to a touristic attraction called Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, a place housing exquisitely coloured hot pools, steaming craters, the famous white silica terraces and bubbling mud pools. An absurd, surprising, yet wowifying experience.
Unfortunately, most of the wondurous thermal places have been turned into expensive tourist attractions, yet, Scott and I managed to find a place called 'Kerosene Creek', a 39 °C river where we went skinny dipping in the dark, mmm... and a hot pit just somewhere in the street in a housing estate where we cooked our muesli breakfast. It felt absurd, but pretty cool too
Also in Rotorua, we visited the Red Woods on the way to the Hamurana Springs and walked in the beautiful surroundings of Okere Falls, housing a redundant hydropower station now in ruins.
And then of course we went on to Tauranga to attend Luke and Carley's beautiful, loving wedding. It was set in an old school, made up gorgeously in vintige style, truly enchanting! It was small and cosy, and although we got our clothes from the second hand shop, I must say we did look sharp. (Pictures will hopefully follow soon).
In any case, we have enjoyed living in the car, eating delicious camping style meals with fabulous views, hand-washing our clothes in the river, fetching water from fresh water springs and washing ourselves in rivers, lakes, or using the facilities of libraries or tourist places to the fullest. Learning to live low-key, with the thrill of searching for solutions for (basic) practical issues and allowing the universe to direct our steps.
Now we're back in Wanganui for two weeks to earn a little more money before we go to Kiwiburn - NZ's version of Burning Man. After that we will go down south for some 'tramping' (aka trekking), and further exploration of the country.
Exciting times, my dear friends, sending so much love to all of you, and thank you for your interest in our adventures! Please have a look at the new pictures too, if you like