I hope you are all enjoying your time in New Zealand and excited about the summer that is on its way.
On Saturday morning I started my adventure with Stray on the East Coaster, which of course goes to the East Coast of New Zealand. I first made my way to Rotorua to start my adventure and our first stop was at Canopy Tours http://canopytours.co.nz . This is a must do activity in New Zealand and is highly recommended! After the canopy adventure we went for dinner at the Lava Bar in Rotorua and as it was Halloween we all got dressed up together and had a great night!
At 9 o’clock in the morning the adventure continued and we made out way to Te Kaha, stopping along the way to check out the beautiful sights and scenery. There are so many beautiful places in New Zealand and I can tell you the views on the East Coast are literally amazing. After enjoying all of the little view spots we arrived at Te Kaha where we got to experience a jet boat adventure. It was so cool!
At 3pm we arrived at our homestay accommodation in Te Kaha and met an incredible and lovely guy named Chay. The accommodation was at his beautiful house. Everybody was welcome and introduced to his family, the home was amazing. We could see the ocean views from the property and there was access to some really beautiful beaches. We all dropped our bags and headed to the beach to enjoy the view, sun and a couple of drinks together.
At Te Kaha there is so much to do, you can choose to hike, kayak, fish or just enjoy swimming at the beach! That night we got to relax in the hot tub and then shared an amazing seafood buffet. Everything on the table was freshly made and the fish was caught by them – soo delicious! Just when we thought the evening couldn’t get any better we had a sing along with Chay. It’s namely a tradition that Chay sings for everybody that visits his home and out of respect we all sang a song for him as well.
At the end of the night we were so tired, we jumped into our beds dreaming about what kind of incredible adventure the next day would be.
The following morning we hopped on the bus again and drove to an incredible beach at Te Araroa where we stopped for a short break, before making our way to the most Eastern Lighthouse of New Zealand, which is also the most Eastern Lighthouse of the world. After taking the 800 steps up to the top of the Lighthouse, taking in the amazing view, we then walked all the way back down and drove to the only church in New Zealand that incorporates Maori Design. It was so beautifull! After this stop we drove to the longest wharf of New Zealand, namely Tologa Bay Wharf, which is 600m long.
After all of these amazing stops it was time to make our way to our accommodation at Dive Tatapouri. A homestay that was again incredible to experience. It was right by the ocean and we got to celebrate another Halloween night with a bonfire. A big plus to this evening was getting to see the tiniest penguin in the world, the little bleu penguin. So cute!
The next day we all got up really early at 5am to see the first sunrise for the day in the world, which can be seen from Dive Tatapouri – it was an amazing sunrise!
Seeing the sunrise was the start of a great day as we then went on to feed stingrays in the ocean. We got changed into these amazing wetsuits and each had a bamboo stick to help us follow our guide through the water. The stingrays started swimming towards us which was quite scary at first, but after a few minutes we realized they were really friendly and just wanted our attention like little puppies.
We got to pat them and feed them some fish by holding out our hand underwater and the stingrays sucked the food off our hand, it was such an incredible experience!
After feeding the stingrays, the trip had unfortunately came to an end and it was time to pack up and head back to Rotorua, however as I was having such a great time we decided to hop off in Whakatane to stay there for a few more days so we could visit White Island. That is the great thing about traveling with Stray, they are so flexible so you can hop on and hop off where ever we want for as long as you want and White Island was definitely somewhere we wanted to spend more time at!
White Island is the only active marine Volcano where you can see roaring stream vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcancic streams and the amazing lake of steaming acid. Amazing right!!???
My time with Stray is something that I will remember forever and I hope you will take the time to explore this beautiful part of New Zealand.
This is 3 – 7 days tour with departures on Tuesday and Saturday mornings and for any of our INTERNeX’ers living in the Waikato or Central North Island remember this tour starts really close to you in Rotorua and only takes a minimum of 3 days, so you definitely don’t have to miss out on this travel opportunity!
Please let me know if you have any questions and if you would like to book this same trip just let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope to hear from you soon!