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Matakana

In an ironic turn, it took a flight for my body to finally shut down from fight or flight mode. How could I have known a month ago, when I booked some time off, that I would be escaping a city still shaking with 7.8 earthquake aftershocks? 682 more words

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SNELLS BEACH FAV FIVE

Nestled an hour outside of Auckland, New Zealand this is the perfect place to relax and experience New Zealand living. I spent about a month with my sister who recently moved here. 1,118 more words

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Beach Tiki Tour

A tiki tour is the name given for a drive with a general idea of where you’re headed but with flexibility about changing where you go and how you get there.   579 more words

Matakana

We drove an hour north and arrived in Matakana at 9:30am. Matakana village is known for its weekly market which has live music, a variety of things for sale – from locally sourced seafood to vintage luggage – and an all around chill vibe. 341 more words

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Magnificent Matakana - and how to make a delicious Cashew Nut Chicken Curry

When I was living in the UK much was made of the ‘mini-break’. Somehow the idea of getting away, for however short a time and however short a distance from home, conjures great excitement. 2,050 more words

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Auckland and Around

My last stop on the epic New Zealand bus tour was Auckland, where my flight was to take off. I decided to skip dolphin swimming in Tauranga and mt. 367 more words

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