Waitangi Weekend in Tauranga

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

Last weekend me and my friend set off for Tauranga which is just over an hours drive from Hamilton. We saw there had been an accident earlier in the day but thought we’d be okay….2 1/2 hours later and we finally made it!

Tauranga is the 5th biggest city in New Zealand and about 10/15 minute drive from there is Mount Maunganui, a beach town. We were going to Tauranga as One Love Festival (reggae festival) was on and found a backpackers walking distance from the venue. We stayed at Loft 109 Backpackers which was in a good location but I wouldn’t stay there again. The owner didn’t seem to be a fan of actually having guests and wanted everyone out of the common area. I have stayed at a lot of hostels and the common area is normally a place of complete chill, drinking, cooking until whenever. Not here. So if you need a place to stay and don’t plan on spending any time there it would be fine. Also I think I got eaten alive overnight as there was no aircon so we had to have the window open, not been a pleasant few days wanting to scratch the skin off my arms and legs!

One Love Festival itself was great! It had a really chill environment, the toilet and drink lines were pretty much non-existent. Great weekend with great music! While pre-drinking we saw a local riding around on a horse…the sites you see!

Tauranga, New Zealand

Both mornings we had breakfast at The Med Cafe. It was so yummy! We got blueberry pancakes both days and it was super filling which is what we were after since we would be spending half the day drinking and in the sun. The staff were really friendly and the other options on the menu looked good as well.

Sunday morning we took a stroll down to Memorial Park – there was a gypsy fair on so we had a walk through there then sat under a tree to take in the view!

Memorial Park, Tauranga, New Zealand

Monday morning we left the hostel and went to Mount Maunganui, this is my favourite beach! And first time being here since I’ve been back!

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

I love the feel there, it is always busy and has such a relaxed feeling about it. We went to Dixie Browns for breakfast and I got just a standard poached eggs on toast. We walked across the road and dipped our toes in the water, it was a little chilly so we got in the car and pulled into the Hot Pools. Awesome way to sweat out the alcohol and relax our bodies after insect bites and overindulging. The hot pools are right at the bottom of the mountain, there is a couple of large pools, one hotter than the other, a couple of jacuzzis and a kids paddling pool area. So something for everyone! Just remember to stay hydrated as I may have caused myself to feel a little sick that afternoon…

 

Until next time x

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Sunday Catchup

At the beginning of the month I had some visitors from home, they were travelling around Europe and UK for a couple of months and we met up the night before they left.

I had heard from a few friends about the Skygarden in the Walkie Talkie tower and it came highly recommended so thought it would be an awesome idea to take my friends up.

To go up the tower is free, you just need to book online a time slot, and your good to go!

sunset

I wish I had known about it sooner! It was so amazing!! You go through a security check then take the lift up and it brings you to the bar. It is a gorgeous open space with 360 degree views of London. We arrived just as the sun was about to set so got to see day and night views. We found the drinks menu and although the cocktails looked amazing, we weren’t too keen on paying over 11 pounds for a cocktail so we opted for our countries ‘Old Mout’ cider. It was reasonably priced, same price as bars, maybe a little more depending where you go. Then we had a look around. There is a garden – as in the name, and two sets of stairs either side that go up and around the back of the bar area. After taking a few snaps, and taking in the view, we then we grabbed ourselves a table and took in the view while catching up on life.

bridge

A must do if you like nature, views and drinks =) and who doesn’t? Right!

Until next time x