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January 21st 2011
Published: January 21st 2011
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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
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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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The caveThe cave
The cave

on the walls of this cave you could see the different layers of rock and judge how far up the tide had been. Apparently surfers actually swam through here at high tide to get back to the beach
Big Day OutBig Day Out
Big Day Out

Just after Ratatat in the boiler room dance tent
Big day outBig day out
Big day out

the main stages! ask me to see some videos when I get home - the crowd was WILD
Auckland TreesAuckland Trees
Auckland Trees

no kidding that they filmed lord of the rings here
Sky CitySky City
Sky City

the tallest building in Auckland. Coming from Vancouver, we weren't really that impressed
Maori MuseumMaori Museum
Maori Museum

making maori intimidation faces in a traditional house
Maori MuseumMaori Museum
Maori Museum

Hillary shows her affection for large penguins

this marks the beginning of the long walk back to our hostel through the forests and streets
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Walk home

A short cut through the forests in Auckland with a french girl, Elise, and a half greek half german girl that we met at our hostel
En route to PihaEn route to Piha
En route to Piha

On our tour to the waterfalls we stopped at this lookout. Angie, Hillary, and the star of the photo Elise.
Our tour guidesOur tour guides
Our tour guides

silly Kiwis
Piha BeachPiha Beach
Piha Beach

one of the most dangerous surf beaches in New Zealand
Under the fallsUnder the falls
Under the falls

Angie, Elise and Hillary

26th January 2011

see this comment?? this a straight PROUD comment rights here. just look at it. screaming pride. didnt know pride could look so fine. Stay Up!

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