How it all started…

Auckland Sky Tower

A few years back I got tired of just sitting at home. I wanted to get out and experience something different. For that reason it had to be something extreme.. I didn’t just want to have a look around the corner so after a little research I decided to go to the probably most far away place possible: New Zealand! At least from where I was, it was pretty much on the other side of the world.

It felt like a lifetime waiting for departure day but as organized as I was I managed to pack my bag the day before I left. It didn’t bring me any disadvantages though because I ended up buying everything  I needed in NZ anyway. Everything was so cool, new and interesting to me  I just had to get it.  I stayed with a great family for a little less than 3 months and it was one of the most amazing experiences I ever made. To all of you out there, I highly recommend trying different ways of accommodation whenever you’re on the go, not just normal hotels. Homestays are the perfect way to get to know new people and other cultures.

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City of Sails, Auckland CBD

Most of my time back then I stayed in Auckland and met a bunch of crazy cool people. I simply had a great time. Unfortunately I didn’t take as many pictures as I wish I did, but no time for regrets.DSC00704One of my favorite places in Auckland is Piha Beach! It’s a stunning beach on Auckland’s west coast in the Waitakere Ranges. My hostfamily took me there and it was just great. The waves are quite dangerous but there’s a rock called Lion’s Rock that you can climb up and that’ll give you a breathtaking view over the whole area.

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Piha Beach Sunset

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All in all I have to say this country absolutely overwhelmed me (in a positive way) and I never stopped going back. I’ve been there so many times people just say: See you next time. Instead of a heartbreaking good-bye, because they know it won’t be too long until I come back. It feels more like I’m going on a long holiday when I leave from there instead of going back home…I found home away from home!

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