When a close friend met the love of his life while escaping said life in New Zealand, I immediately became attracted to the small island nation.
New Zealand is, for lack of a better description, a more laid back and warmer version of Canada. The locals are friendly, there’s much natural beauty to take in, and it’s a great place to work, live, and visit.
Melissa and I visited New Zealand at the end of February, and we’ve both fallen in love.
Te Mata Peak
Rising 400m above sea level, Te Mata Peak offers stunning views of Havelock, Hastings, and the larger Hawke’s Bay area.
Watching the Sun Rise
While waiting for the sun to rise (spoiler: was too overcast to see it), I took the chance to get some dawn photography going…
With the Sun Out
Picturesque as the sun rises, gorgeous when the sun’s out. Te Mata Peak is a real gem.
Located just past the village of Tuai, about a 2.5-3 hour drive away from where we were in Hawke’s Bay, is a series of tracks that surround Lake Waikaremoana.
Melissa and I had fun tramping throughout, but the real winner was Lou’s Lookout. Signage states it’s a 30-minute one-way trip, but if you’re reasonably fit and don’t mind a bit of a sweat, it’s closer to 15 minutes.
The view is worth the short trek.
This panorama fails to capture the scene. It was simply breathtaking.
If you’re ever in the area, it’s worth the 15 minutes to reach the top.
Melissa found this guy along the way.
About an hour away from where we were in Hastings/Havelock is the Shine Falls track. Worth a visit; the view is incredible throughout.