Hobbiton and Waitomo

On Saturday 3 December, a group consisting of 4 people from South Korea, 2 from Thailand, 4 of my extended family and myself went to Waitomo and Hobbiton. We met at Auckland Institute of Studies at 7am and drove 2 hours 30 minutes to Waitomo, stopping for a short break at Pirongia on the way. Continue reading Hobbiton and Waitomo

Piha and Karekare

On 26 November 2016, a small group consisting of 4 South Koreans, 2 Japanese and myself left Auckland Institute of Studies at 10am and headed for Piha Beach and Karekare Beach on Auckland’s west coast. We arrived at the Lookout over Piha Beach at approximately 10.45am and were on the beach not long after. Continue reading Piha and Karekare


Sunday 7 August 2016 was a beautiful day, especially as it was mid-winter. This trip to Coromandel was originally planned for the previous day, but as the weather forecast looked much better for Sunday than Saturday, we opted for the Sunday, which was a wonderful move. Continue reading Coromandel