By Jade Johnston
Auckland is difficult. It is difficult to navigate. Very much so. Some of this is in part to the city having privatized its bus network, resulting is SEVERAL completely separate entities running buses (more on that later) and some of this is in part to the unique geography of the city and its surrounds. But this unique geography (the city is built on a peninsula which is also the field of 49 volcanoes, some of which are still active) also means that the city is surrounded by many fantastic beaches.
My first weekend in Auckland was fortunate enough to fall on one where the local couch surfing group was planning a beach outing. Sunday afternoon was spent BBQing and relaxing on Orewa beach, which is just north of Auckland.
The day was not very hot, and actually quite windy so I didn’t partake in any of the water activities, although a brave group of couch surfers decided to take a raft out onto the water for some recreation and due to the strong wind and the receding tides had to be later rescued.
Thanks for bringing the boat back guys.
I learned one very important lesson during my day at the beach. A science related lesson. Apparently the ozone layer is thinnest over New Zealand. and it is also at its weakest during New Zealand’s summer, so despite the weather not being very hot, I still managed to get an epic sun burn. Chest, face, neck, and somehow… only one of my legs.
Luckily, since my luggage had still not yet been found and returned by the airline, I had no bikini and thus my epic burn was somewhat limited. Unfortunately, the only clothes I had were those which I wore on the plane. Perhaps not your first choice in beach attire.
These are my beach going shoes. Obviously.