Waiheke Island

Hi everyone!

11270088_10205635992997413_1416453984_nThis past weekend was my last weekend in New Zealand ( πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯ ) and I wanted to spend it enjoying Auckland one last time along with experiencing an island I’ve wanted to go to for a while. This post will be featuring my friend Sheryl so if I refer to “we” you know who “we” is. πŸ™‚ Now, I spent my Saturday morning getting ready and traveling into the city (takes about 45 mins by bus from where I am) to get some gifts for my host family, classroom (currently student teaching), and teacher before I leave New Zealand and head over to Malaysia. I then met with Sheryl at Britomart and we embraced all excitedly like in the movies. πŸ˜€ We got some delicious Mexican food (been a while since I’ve had any!), chatted about life, did some shopping, and I was surprised with going-away gifts! πŸ™‚ THANK YOU!

11301459_10205635993237419_815953982_n11251438_10205635993157417_1502790594_nAt the ferry terminal, we got our tickets (after being treated like tourists…well, fair enough I’m a tourist, but Sheryl is a local girl) and on board we went! This was both our first time going to Waiheke Island, so it was pretty exciting!

11263818_10205635992957412_375342447_n11267306_10205635993597428_651678714_nThe ferry ride was around 40 minutes, but it went by pretty quickly since I had such great company πŸ™‚ We made it to Waiheke Island! Woo! πŸ™‚ Deciding to walk to the first vineyard, we noticed a sign. This sign here on the right is one of the things I really wanted to see! Without looking too hard, we came across it along our walk and in that moment, I felt pretty accomplished. Hmm, where to next? πŸ˜‰

11271107_10205635993637429_27521636_nWalking along, we saw so many beautiful vineyards, green nature, and beautiful sky. We could almost taste the NZ wine! The Cable Bay Vineyard was within sight11263710_10205635993757432_854305966_n. I was so excited to try New Zealand wine (because I think every wine I had in NZ was imported) as New Zealand is known for their exquisite wine! Feeling underdressed, we walked into Cable Bay Vineyard and we amazed by how beautifully designed the place was! We could just tell that we would like it here.

11304055_10205635994117441_289405707_n11259627_10205635994237444_1830878479_oThe view of the sky tower from Waiheke Island was definitely very nice. It’s amazing how close yet far you are when you see it from a different perspective. Not only was the view absolutely stunning, but the wine was spectacular! It was so nice to just spend time outside with wine, good company, beautiful view, and a romantic sunset πŸ˜‰ 11253777_10205635994037439_1660397364_nIt was total bliss and the perfect end to my time in New Zealand. After the wonderful wine and selfie stick session, we continued walking to other vineyards only discovering that because of the winter hours, most vineyards were closing early (or booked out for events). We attempted to take the bus to some vineyards further out, but it was the same story. We ended up taking the ferry back (first time on a ferry at night!) to Auckland and decided to continue our girly adventure in the city!

11289539_10205635996077490_2030648118_nTo be honest, I don’t think I ever stayed out in Auckland at night (but then again, it is also fall time here so it gets dark sooner) so I had to enjoy the nightlife before leaving! Determined to enjoy more wine, we walked around and eventually found a really cute French restaurant and decided to get a bite to eat (and wine of course). We had to continue our photo session and proceeded to do so with no shame.

11264367_10205635996437499_2139127514_n 11289907_10205635992917411_1110544491_nTwinning much?! Ha! πŸ˜€ I stocked up on veggies and had some bread while Sheryl had scallops crepe (which was actually pretty good!). Of course, we unknowingly coordinated our clothes with our wine, so that was a hoot! Sadly, our night had to come to an end, but I am so happy to have spent my last weekend with the fondest of times! With there only being a few days left for me in New Zealand, I have been able to see that I have truly had an experience of a lifetime! Not everyone gets this kind of opportunity therefore I am so thankful and privileged. I truly hope that if anyone gets the opportunity to visit New Zealand, that they visit as many beautiful places and take as many photos as possible! I will be writing about a reflection of my time here within the next week or so if you’re interested in taking a peek into my mind, stay tuned!

11125422_10205635992877410_1764017775_nCheers,

Jess

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