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Published: January 21st 2011
Elise, Angie and Hillary
Alright so its officially day 5 of New Zealand and it's only getting better and better! 2 days ago we met up with Angie and the four of us (Elise, Ang, Hill and I) got on a tour bus and headed into the lush outskirts of Auckland. We went with a group called Mojo Surf tours, and headed west of Auckland to the KareKare waterfalls and Piha beach. The drive was fairly short and we had a lot of stops to take some gorgeous photos of the view points. On our trek to the waterfalls we were blessed with a traditional Maori blessing that praises valuing the life and world around you as well as living every day to the fullest. The swim in the waterfalls was quite chilly (yes I did get a few cold rashes) but it was so refreshing from the hike - and we even got to sit under the falls! Next was the black sand Piha beach - one of the most dangerous surf beaches in New Zealand due to the rocks and crazy undertoe strength (even we were falling over trying to beat it and we were only swimming near the shoreline!). After that jam
The birds were hungry for her chips
packed day we did a pub crawl with the rest of the hostels around Auckland.
Yesterday was Big Day Out. Need I say more? For those of you who aren't familiar it's a one day music festival at the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland. We saw 9 different shows starting it off with the oh so talented Ratatat. Followed by Lupe Fiasco, Wolfmother, John Butler Trio, Bloody Betruits, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, LCD soundsystem, TOOL, MIA. Hands down to John Butler Trio - best show of the day. Today we rent our car and start our 9 day road trip to some glorious beaches! Until then, love from us all!
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