To my dearest friends, family and fellow culture cravers,
My last few days in Fiji were rather uneventful. I spent my final two nights in the Mamanucas on Mana – an island best known for being the film set for the TV programme, Survivor. As well as for being located very closely to the deserted island where Tom Hanks so famously became best friends with his ball aka. Wilson in Castaway.
Auckland has an awesome cafe scene.
As soon as I started working at the cafe in Cornwall Park, I began to notice how much the cafe prided itself on amazingly crafted coffee and food (the mention of instant coffee in trendy ol’ Auckland is taboo) and wondered how it varied at my work to other cafes in the city. So, I took it upon myself to find out – I’m nice like that.
Over the past 7 months, Auckland and New Zealand have become my home.
I’ve reunited with my best friend, travelled the country tip to toe, admired scenery so beautiful I didn’t know it could exist, found myself a job at a cafe where I’ve met some incredible people, been welcomed into multiple homes and, drank an unholy amount of NZ coffee and Sav. It’s been an unforgettable 7 months and I’m gutted to be leaving in a week.
You may have noticed that there has been a ridiculous amount of food porn clogging up my Instagram page recently (you’re welcome).
Well, this is because I’ve been working on a little project since I arrived in Auckland. After discovering that Auckland is bursting with outstanding coffee and cafes, I took it upon myself to check out the best of the best cafes in the city so that I could then report back to you guys (you’re most welcome again)…
Auckland is made up of charming suburbs, which are built up around the city centre.
From the trendy cafe and boutique laden streets of Ponsonby to the towering volcanic cone and cutesy cafes of Mount Eden, each area of the city boast its own unique personality and sights.
Here is my quick guide to what to expect from each of Auckland’s suburb…
When travelling on the Kiwi Experience bus in New Zealand, you’re offered sooo many exciting excursions, it’s hard to choose which ones to go for and, which ones to give a miss in order not to bankrupt yourself.
From kayaking around the crystal clear waters of Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel to trekking the extraordinary ice glacier in Franz Josef, it’s a hard job not handing over all of your savings and doing every single one.
We all have our own preference of how we like to travel. Luxuriously, fashionably, vicariously, on a budget…
My two very good pals, Lauren and Ryan, over at Flat Earth Magazine like to travel slowly (much to my dismay as I haven’t seen them in over a year).
However, with the number of adventures they’ve embarked upon over their year and 3 months in Australia, it is very easy to see why they choose to travel in this way…