First Impressions December 10th 2019 I've left Auckland and I'm glad for it. The bars weren't bad, but I wasn't too fond of the rest.
I'm in Paihia now; it's considerably smaller and has quite a nice beach.
On the drive there, I got my first real impression of New Zealand. It's very spread out, with lots of cows and sheep dotting the landscape. The houses are mostly bungalows, and there are plants here I've never seen before - ... read more
Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year... ... read more
I'm Lara, currently 19 years old, and I left Germany for New Zealand on December the second.
I have always wanted to travel, and I have already travelled some in my time, but never so far from home and quite so alone.
I came here largely because of my undying love for Lord of the Rings, and also because of a general lack of anything better to do.
I'm fixing to stay a year, and I'll be trying to write into my fancy little leatherbound diary at least a few times a week - anyone who knows me also knows it's not going to be more than that. We'll see how that goes.
Cheerio!... full info