Flat Takes on Rotorua

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Last weekend my flat packed our matching red overnight bags and headed off on our first flat trip (!!!). We went to Rotorua because it has the luge which has been one of those things that we love to dream and talk about when we are meant to be doing other things ie. study. Life was on our side though because we realised Kat had to go down anyway AND the rest of us had a free weekend so we decided to do what we do best and give into our poor impulse control. Rotorua ready!
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Things I Liked:

Rotorua is crazy to behold. I can’t explain to you the exact geographical reasons for it but I know it is built over natural thermal pools, I know it has something to do with sulphur and I know it results in all this amazing steam billowing up in clouds from storm drains, rivers and small cracks in the ground. We went for a hike up a hill to see the town and it was incredible, so much heat resulting in such a crazy looking landscape.IMG_0850.jpg

The Luge! They’re like these tiny motor-less car things that you drive down a course – I really don’t know how to explain but it’s a great time. I had a mixed experience because my first luge was actually broken so you had to crash to turn corners and it was so against instinct to drive but the rest of them worked and honestly 10/10. You also get a gondola ride to the course area and have to take a chair lift from the bottom of the track to the top so it’s three sorts of adventures in one.

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Pretty skies. My favourite places are ones where the skies are long and clear and light. Kind of rural, kind of blissed out pink and blue. Kind of fresh. It reminds me of summer and reminds me to breathe.

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Minigolf! We went to the place near the luge which is open at night and is outrageous. Think minigolf in the dark – but then think smoke machines, bubble machines, coloured lights, blasting music and massive beautiful bunnies for you to pet. My family likes minigolf so I have become grudgingly ok at it in my lifetime and had a great time.

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Things I Didn’t Like:

Rotorua stinks. Literally. That is the downside to the thermal pools. The whole town smells and tastes kind of off – which you really do get used to but it’s not the kind of town you visit to breathe in that clear, fresh New Zealand air.

There were a lot of cockroaches up where we stayed – apparently they like the sulphur.

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Other Things:

Rotorua is a great stop for tourists and also just everybody. As well as the Luge there is Zorb which are the massive balls you roll around inside, the sky swing and zip lining. There are also amazing redwood forest hikes, a beautiful lake and hot pools – including a free one referred to as ‘hot and cold’ which we ran out of time to see but had rave reviews.

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Shout Out To:

The Mana bus. The fare was reasonable and you got us everywhere pretty on time. The driver was nice, the seats were ok (up the top- front is the best stop) and there is a toilet on board which is a bonus. Also the bus journey from Auckland to Rotorua and vice versa wasn’t too bad at all! Long enough that we all dropped off to sleep once or twice but also short enough that we weren’t totally dead by the time we got home.

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Fat Dog café. Apparently this is the place to go as far as reliable, quirky cafes. Pretty good coffee, ok counter food, lots of people enjoying themselves. Would rate.

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The trip itself. I kind of forgot that I had been to Rotorua before but I saw it again and remembered that I actually experienced one of the most iconic nights of my life there. This trip was really nice in that I got to reminisce but also add some more, really pretty, memories to a place already warm in my heart.

I think my best advice is when opportunities to go away with your friends like this come up you have to go. Realistically there will never be enough money and you will always be tired or stressed and have work and uni but also you won’t always have each other as much as you do now. Now is the time of friendship and adventures and just going with it. YOLO right (unironically haha) and it’s a pretty good life if its filled with times like these.

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The Best and Worst Auckland City Beaches

After almost two years in the city with minimal effort spent on branching out to see what Auckland had to offer we decided that this summer was going to be one of beaches. Armed with a bottle of rapidly depleting sunblock (RIP) and dreams of the $2 Tiptop trumpet deals we made it a mission to head to as many beaches around the city as we could.

Our adventures were mainly done via foot and public transport due to not being able to drive (me and most my comrades) and not having a car (kat) but we’ve given it a pretty good effort and have a new born appreciation for the stunner place we live.

This is a misleading title because they’re all actually pretty decent but I thought I would give you a run down on what my favourites were and where was hot (like literally) and where was probably not worth the bus fare. Continue reading “The Best and Worst Auckland City Beaches”

A Sweet Day: BLOGNY 2016

ok, 2016 way to turn it on for the last couple of days!?!

Today was a goodie that I want to share with you, but I only took photos for the nicer half of it sorry for your loss.
IMG_0561.jpgYesterday my angel & love & main squeeze & partner in crime & best adventurer Kat is back which has made our flat slip right back into feeling like a home and my days slip right back to being the most fun time.

Things Katherine and I achieved today:

We went to the gym for an hour and she taught me how to use all the arm machines which was hilarious. There is something satisfying about spending your time at the gym and I liked it because it was the first time I had been to the non-uni one and was way more relaxed. Something I did learn is that my left bicep is probably the most useless and ineffective thing in this universe. Blessed I could discover this now so I know not to rely on it in the future – it genuinely doesn’t work.
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Caught the world’s hottest bus out to St Helier’s. The people almost rioted from the heat it but the comradery and mutual love on that tropical ride was real.
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We went on a crazy low tide walk that was so much longer than anticipated but also out of this world pretty and SO hot. It started when we spotted a staircase off at a distant point from the beach and thought we would head towards it but there were so many ins and outs of coast along this flat rocked walkway. We also risked our lives (literally considering that I am the most uncoordinated girl on the planet) on this slippery, loose dirt cliff ledge that hung over nothing. It was the last part of the walk so we had to cross it. Inching along it while my feet slipped and my hands had no hold was probably one of the most terrifying moments of the year – but we made it.
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Places I’ve Been 2.0: BLOGNY 2016

Honestly I haven’t been to too many exciting places in the last few weeks –  something I am looking forward to changing in the new year – but on the odd occasion I did venture out past the city I had some pretty sweet time so I thought I would share.

Takapuna Beach
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The thing about Auckland is that even though it’s home I am still not from here. I don’t really know enough to know what is a popular area and what is not, but I am preeeeeetty sure that Takapuna is one of the most frequented beaches in the city.
Good reason too – it’s a stunner.
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Guest Post: Auckland II (Growing Up Here)

Auckland is home. Where I was born, where I went to school, and the only place I have really known well. This makes it hard, as it’s somewhere you simply love and hate at the same time. It’s hard not to have some fondness for the place you grew up, the streets you grew up playing in and the places you’d go on fun adventures. Driving past where you used to go bowling as a kid or where mum used to take you for ice cream in the weekends really makes you never want to leave. But it’s more nostalgia than an affinity for the city, I feel.14446476_1217975874921507_1023740535_o.jpg
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Invercargill (or the place I badly misjudged)

I fully intended to return from Invercargill and write a scathing and arrogant post about what a shit-hole it is. My ‘Guide to Invercargill,’ was going to tell you how bored I was, how grey and old and uninspiring I found it.

Instead I went there and I fell in love

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