After the wedding, Nate & I spent a day in Wellington & then flew up to spend a few more days in Auckland & quickly fell in love. We spent most of our time coffee shops & restaurants, it's hard for us to travel without trying all the best local spots. First up was The Flight Coffee Hangar, which was up there with one of the best shop experiences. We ordered the tasting flight & got to try three different beans. Not to get toooo nerdy, but tasting three back to back beans that are so unique was so amazing. They all tasted so different from each other, I loved it. There's nothing like the coffee culture in New Zealand. The second shop we went to that day was called Coffee Supreme & their shop was so tiny, but had donuts! Customs by Coffee Supreme [we eat coffee for breakfast cups, hello, yes.] We had dinner at one of our favourite foreign japanese food chains, Wagamama on Queens Wharf.
The next morning we got up early & hopped on a quick flight north back up to Auckland. It's a beautiful mid-sized city, but the best part about it is it's location. It's on a bay, so wherever you are in the city, you're within a few miles of water. I loved that so much! Our first day in Auckland we checked into our hotel using our favourite app Hotel Tonight, and then walked around the city. Our absolute favourite place on the whole trip was definitely The Botonist. It is a cafe & a flower shop, which was my actual dream come true & also the reason why there's a million photos of it.
We then spent one full day out at Piha. It was a beautiful drive out there & an insane beach. On our way we stopped at Kitekite Falls for a short hike & sat at the bottom of the falls for quite a while. We then continued down to the beach.
To be honest, it was breezy & COLD, but I knew the sun was on my skin. I ended up with a little sunburn, but spent most of the day with my towel draped around my shoulders. We walked for hours up & down the beach, stopped & had a bit of a picnic lunch on the rocks & then hiked to the top of Lion Rock. It was an insane view.
We had one last day in Auckland & it was pretty rainy, so we went to a coffee shop around the corner from our hotel & got breakfast. We walked to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa where we slowly walked around & looked at all the exhibits. It was beautiful. We then made a quick trip over to Devonport for an amazing view of the city across the bay, from the top of Mount Victoria.