Kia Ora - Kauai to Middle Earth with My Beautiful Little Sis!

March 10, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I absolutely love traveling, exploring & adventuring... Aoteatoa (New Zealand) has been on the top of my bucket list for sometime.... I was finally was able to take a few weeks off work and experience a lil taste of it's amazing beauty! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would be such an endless adventure! I went with my lil sister who lives to travel, the few weeks we spent there was so not enough, I totally need like 6 months minimum there! haha Endless beauty everywhere, would take a lifetime to even begin to see half of it! Here is a lil taste of some of our favorites from the trip... We did everything from wineries, dairy farms, diving, swimming with dolphins, sand surfing on the dunes, horseback riding, surfing, boating, eating the most amazing fresh foods, camping on the beach, visiting waterfalls, kayaking through sea caves, hiking, checking out hobbit homes and so much more….. We spent the 1st day/night after we arrived in this charming little beach cottage in gorgeous Te Hanga just above Auckland… It was like a dream!

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Adventure PhotographerAdventure Photographer We then traveled up the coast exploring winery's, dairy and sheep farms, camping, along the way till we came across the Bay of Island! We where originally planning to just stay one night, but loved it so much we ended up staying 3 nights! Went swimming with dolphins, boating, diving, scuba diving over a shipwreck and sailing around the many beautiful lil islands. The seafood was amazing there too!

Travel PhotographerTravel Photographer Continued up the coast and explored some waterfalls and more farms, and beaches along the way...

Travel PhotographyTravel Photography Drove all the way up to the very North tip, Cape Reinga, surfed the huge sand dunes along the way, found a sweet little beach cottage on 90 mile beach for only $20 a night. 

New Zealand TravelNew Zealand Travel Slept on the beach on an amazingly clear starry night at Piha Beach and had breakfast at the yummiest lil artsy cafe - Piha Cafe.

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Checked out some sweet as Maori art and culture..
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10978588_10152718521547898_263806405748942365_n10978588_10152718521547898_263806405748942365_n Watched the sunset over the hills of Ragland found a sweet lil cabin at Manu Bay and got to surf an epic morning session! 

10991182_10152713778812898_5750042455849172987_n10991182_10152713778812898_5750042455849172987_n Met up with a childhood friend from Kauai who married a Kiwi and lives in NZ. Got to do a fun family portrait session for them...

10931165_10152713777102898_2428060047451914982_n10931165_10152713777102898_2428060047451914982_n Visited Hobbiton, checked out Bilbo Baggins Home and enjoyed some Fine Ale at The Green Dragon. Loved it!

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10991334_10152722335382898_1955119825362455910_n10991334_10152722335382898_1955119825362455910_n Hiked into Te Whanganui-A Hei (Cathedral Cove) for an amazing sunrise...

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