Saturday, 7 January 2017

Red Woods and Waterfalls

Hi everyone,

Happy Saturday! I hope you all have a great weekend after the first week back to work after the Christmas holidays!

I am officially one week in New Zealand which I find hard to believe. Time is absolutely flying by but I am enjoying every minute. In such a short amount of time we have travelled quite a bit and seen many beautiful places that I am thrilled about. I really want to fit in as much as I can in the time that I have especially as this was such a last minute trip. Usually I would be very organised and have picked the places I want to see well in advance but this time around is different-very different!

I am liking this last minute adventure though as each day is completely new and I don't know what to expect. Sometimes this can lead to the best of memories....

Today I am writing about two places I visited in the last 48 hours that I really want to share with you all.  Two separate mountainous, hiking areas called Red Woods and Tangoio Walkway. If you follow me on Snapchat you will have seen snaps of these two places in the last few days! The pictures really do not do them justice as to how unique and beautiful they are but it is the best way that I can share them with you.

First up, the Red Woods:

It took us about 20 minutes to drive to this woodland and we did a mid length trek that lasted 50 minutes. Steep hills, sharp edges and tall red wood trees filled this wooded area and luckily, we had an excellent day weatherise. Here are just a few pictures of the Red Woods:

Red Woods

Red Wood Lookout

 Today (Saturday) we drove to Tangoio Walkway which is around 35 minutes away from Havelock North. Again, we were lucky with the weather in that it reached 26 degrees! We really felt it once we reached the top though haha


Slightly different to the Red Woods in that it was far steeper and felt like more of a climb. 20 minutes in we reached a 'mini' waterfall which was glorious but very cold!

Taking five

After taking in the scenery here we continued on for about half an hour to reach the Tangoio Waterfall which was the main reason I wanted to come here:

View from the top

I have to admit, New Zealand feels a lot like Ireland. That may sound strange as it is on the opposite side of the world but there is a homely feel to it. The one major difference is of course the weather! If Ireland had weather like this at all then the two countries would be even more similar.
The people are friendly and there is a very laid back and relaxed way of life everywhere you go- bliss!

Have a great weekend!

Leah x

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