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.
DIZENGOFF - FAVORITE BREKKY IN NZ
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.
KAREN WALKER'S HOMELAND.
NEW ZEALAND'S PIT STOPS - NOT TOO SHABBY
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.
LOCAL STORES AND CAFES
FIDEL'S CAFE - BREKKY SPOT
CUSTOMS BREW BAR
Thanks for traveling through the north island of New Zealand with me. Til next time.