TRAVEL: NORTH ISLAND NEW ZEALAND

I recently shared about Jared and I's trip to his homeland of Sydney, Australia. If you missed it, click here. After the Land Down Under, we decided to hit the north island of New Zealand in 3.5 days and drink gallons (may be an exaggeration) of their coffee along the way.

We rented a car in Auckland (my favorite of the cities we visited). After a day of shopping on Ponsonby Road, we traveled east to Mt.Maunganui at Bay of Plenty. It was a dream beach. Then we traveled south through Rotorua and Lake Taupo and the beautiful forest parks of the North Island only to land in the wonderful city of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. 

AUCKLAND

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Ponsonby Aukland New Zealand

DIZENGOFF - FAVORITE BREKKY IN NZ

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Dizengoff_Aukland_New_Zealand
So grateful for this right now
Ponsonby Street Aukland New Zealand

KATE SYLVESTER

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Kate Sylvester was one of my favorite shops to peruse through in Auckland. Kate is a NZ native designer who mixes conceptual designs with modern femininity.

The last collection was inspired by Jane Ayre and Marilyn Monroe. The inspiration she drew from when I was there was from a book called The Luminaries by Elenore Catton (based out of NZ).

Her earrings below are a native flower, the clematis. Everything she created had such thought put into it.

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Kate Sylvester_Aukland_New Zealand

KAREN WALKER'S HOMELAND.

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DANTES PIZZERIA

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Dantes Pizza Aukland New Zealand

LONELY

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Lonely_Aukland_New Zealand

WIDDESS

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Widdess Tie Dye Bag_Aukland

NEW ZEALAND'S PIT STOPS - NOT TOO SHABBY

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The landscape from Auckland to Wellington was out of this world. One minute we were in a beachy town, then we came upon a Maori town, Rotorua, that smelled like sulfur from miles away. Next, we saw one of the most beautiful lakes with cascading mountains in the background. As we drove around it, we came upon a desert...only to see the snow capped mountains that were once in the background. And Wellington, it's a lovely city with a great artistic vibe. It's one of the few places on the north island that Lord of the Rings taped.

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MOUNT MAUNGANUI

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LOCAL STORES AND CAFES

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Mt.Maunganui_New Zealand

WELLINGTON

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FIDEL'S CAFE - BREKKY SPOT

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CUSTOMS BREW BAR

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Supreme Coffee

KARAKE CAFE

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Wellington_New Zealand

Thanks for traveling through the north island of New Zealand with me. Til next time. 

 
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