Long drives up and down the coast looking for waves with Lachlan at the helm of the Terrano and Kate stretched out in the back.
Thermos of coffee and conversation passed back and forth. Sometimes the drives on grey days like this don’t feel long enough.
I’ve been enjoying vertical landscapes for the past three, four, maybe six months? Especially those with an interesting foreground.
New takes on old things.
The trip around the North Island was among some of the best I’ve had but somehow I didn’t get around to sharing it. That’s how it goes sometimes.
A focus of the trip was multi-day hikes, working out what works and what doesn’t, how far with how much, different packs etc. Taranaki was a good starting point with a three day walk. As I cooked dinner the night before departure I raced against the dwindling light, repacking cameras and camping gear in the crisp and remarkably still evening on a Sunday.
Before anything I needed to recharge, I only went part way north to where I’d catch the ferry to the North Island and stayed for a few days in a cabin by the river. The Wairoa Gorge is near perfect, no cell service, no worries (as long as there’s food and coffee).
Didn’t quite make it to the cabin the first night after work, slept alongside the Buller River to the sounds of three river branches meeting and greeting. Woke to low-lying cloud, fog and a refreshing dip in the torrent below.
I kept with me a Polaroid Land Camera 250 on this trip as well, which I was pleasantly surprised at the results. I’ll be doing a full review on this later.
A lot of people like to say that they’re ‘in between jobs’, but I actually am. With a new job starting in early December, there’s a recipe at hand; a window of time and an island to the north that’s yet to be explored.
I’m excited to do some longer hikes and ‘tramps’, swim in fresh water, maybe catch a trout and surf in the salt. I was tempted to stay on the South Island and see more of what it has to offer but I’m not sure when an opportunity to see the North Island might come up again.
The last couple of days have been spent making sure the vegetable garden is set up enough so it won’t soak up all Elena’s time while I’m gone and packing everything I’ll need while trying to travel as light as I can. Having varied interests such as surfing, photography, tramping, camping, fishing and climbing means the kilos of gear adds up pretty quickly.
The loose plan is to spend a few days heading towards the ferry, Wellington for a day and then north to Tongariro National Park. After that it’ll be based on the weather and who else I can meet up with along the way. If you’re following me on Instagram and interested in getting together to take some photos, sling me a message!
So, I’m off for a couple of weeks. In the meantime, pick radishes and push portra.