With almost 150 islands, many of which are undeveloped there's truly a lot to explore in Bay of Island waters. Per local recommendations we took off from the Bay of Island mainland and started out with a visit to the biggest island of them all: Urupukapuka. Known as a tranquil, bird-full and predator-free island with enough tracks, bays and beaches to explore in more than one full day.Read More
Another one of the very highlights of this summer has been our involvement in some of the annual music, culture & lifestyle festivals which New Zealand is so famous of. Every summer, Kiwis and visitors gather for festivals of all sizes and in all regions of the country. Whether your heart beats for food, music, wine, dance, spirituality or local Maori culture rest assured there's a festival here you'll love.Read More
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It's 16 days from winter in NZ but you wouldn't believe it here in the Mount on a beautiful sunny morning like today...
We've just entered our 2 last weeks in New Zealand and will soon be off to DENMARK AND EUROPE! We've had an amazing 6 months here touring around this beautiful country - check some of my blog posts from our travels in New Zealand here.
Planning our last month here before we're heading to Europe one of the spots we really wanted to hit was The Pinnacles mountain range on the Coromandel Peninsula. A famous 1-2 days walk through beautifully rugged mountains and located just a couple of hours drive from our current home in Mount Maunganui. And as it's on the way to Auckland it was perfect to combine with last week's mission up there for a Shanghai-reunion event - a bit of calm before the storm, if you will...Read More
After today I'm pretty sure that the best way to celebrate Mother's day is by celebrating our mothers and mothers in law outdoor - being surrounded by Mother Nature herself.Read More
This week I started my first ॐ Shanti Habits Yoga get-together here in the Mount. My idea is to casually get friends and friends of friends together for some sunset yoga flow before it gets too cold for those amazing outdoor experiences. It's already a bit chilled so the yoga style is mostly active (yang) and of course calming (yin) towards the end. In this way we make sure our body & mind follow the natural cycle of the universe: day and sunlight is yang and active so we should feel and be active. Night and moon is yin so we should feel and stay calmer...Read More
It's getting a tiny bit colder in NZ as autumn is approaching. It's so weird to be in April and talk about autumn weather & wind - April equals spring time & light time in my head of the Northern hemisphere... Fortunately there's still heaps of amazingly nice sunny days here in Bay of Plenty on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island (the location of Mount Maunganui, Leon's childhood home). Same goes for Waikato & the King Country which is the neighboring region to the West and last week we decided to go on a mission. A mission to visit one of Leon's favorite surf spots in NZ and a mission to explore an area I haven't been to yet: Raglan and surrounding nature...Read More
It's Easter and it's lovely. Even without big Easter traditions, Easter beliefs or Easter expectations there's just something about this long weekend. It's holiday time, it's time to get together and it's time to celebrate.Read More