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Northern point – where two oceans meet

During last Christmas, we went on an small adventure. We left Auckland and the big city like many other New Zealanders. We drove as far north as we could get. Through the winding roads and pastures. Here a grocery store is not easy to find, or for that matter a neighbour. But the nature is breathtaking. We past by so many beaches we lost count, we even drove our car down one, that was a first one and a great feeling of freedom. Not the best treat for your car with all the salt water though. (Remember to wash it directly afterwards if you are doing it). We climbed sand dunes and ran down them again feeling the sand hitting our legs and the wind blowing in our hair. The sand has blown all the way from Australia to this spot.

Every smaller town we stopped in people were so friendly, like almost all kiwis seem to be, they ask you about your day, how you feel and if there is anything they can help with before wishing you a merry Christmas.

At Cape Reinga, the most northern point in New Zealand you would see two oceans meet, the Tasmanian sea and Pacific ocean.

“The ‘Te Rerenga Wairua’ component of the name in Māori language means the leaping-off place of spirits. The ‘Reinga’ part of the name is the Māori language word meaning the underworld. Both refer to the Māori belief that the cape is the point where the spirits of the dead enter the underworld.”


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Costa Rica – Surfing Playa Avellanas

Easter weekend was all about surfing. So while Fredrik was trying his best in the waves I enjoyed the last beach sun that we’ll get in a while now. And what do you know, just when we said goodbye to one canadian, we meet a new one at the hostel. He’s presence made it the hostel experience nicer then it actually was and Fredrik didn’t have to get up at 05:15 alone to go surfing anymore. The waves here were much better then in Nicaragua, or easier at least. Early morning and late afternoon Fredrik and Gill were catching waves, now and then accompanied by turtles and even a small shark! To get to the beach you had to follow a board walk trough the mangroves. The forest around the hostel was home to many howler monkeys and iguanas and the morning walk to get to the beach will be a memory for life. Good times!


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Sun’s up – Surf’s up!

Playa Maderas is known as one of the most popular surf spots in Nicaragua, and with over 350 days of off-shore winds it’s not hard to understand. Here we’re getting closer and closer to the perfect wave everyday. Early morning session has been the best so far, not to many people in the line-up, not to windy and a beautiful sunrise.


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Easy life at Matilda’s Surf & Beach

We left Granada on one of the many chicken buses heading towards San Juan del Sur. It was a crowded and sweaty 2-3 hours bus ride that took us to the atlantic coast line. When we got into town it was not what we expected, and we didn’t get a good vibe at all, so we decided to find something else. We only spent one night there to research, then the next day we went to a surf beach called Playa Maderas, 35 minutes from town and we arrived to a small paradise. The beach has just three restaurants, good waves, surf rentals and a few accommodations to pick from. We found a perfect location right on the beach at a place called Matilda’s. It’s a funky place managed by a sweet lady. We have a kitchen to make our own food, hammocks in the shade and a beautiful garden. A small wooden gate separates us from the beach.

So basically this is how our days look for now. We wake up 05:30, go surfing for two hours, Susanne goes to the only restaurant with internet connection and work while enjoying a breakfast. Then we hit back to the Matilda’s, rinse of, rest, make lunch and work for a while. When it gets to hot we just jump in the ocean, then work some more or hang out with all the people at Matilda’s. And then when the sun starts to set, the boys go out for another surf session, or we do some cross-fit on the beach. Then it’s dinner and early to bed. Easy life and absolutely what we need right now.


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New friends in Auckland

Kate and Sherman is a lovely and truly inspiring couple that we met during our time in New Zealand, we just have to share their story with you.

Kate’s originally from Boston and Sherman from Philadelphia but just after they got married, when people around them expected them to start a family and buy a house, they moved from the states to New Zealand. What was suppose to be a one year working holiday turned into three years and a blooming photography business.

Sherman early got a good job at a advertising agency in Auckland. Kate started off as an employee but with too little time for her personal projects and to develop her own creativity she decided to go solo and start her own business. Today she is an established New Zealand Wedding Photographer that shoot weddings all over the world. Because the wedding season in New Zealand and most other parts of the world are so different, she goes to the states for their summer season and when it’s winter in the states, wedding season starts in New Zealand. She also inspired us with her food photography by showing us her latest work for a cook book with colorful bakery and yummy cupcakes. Now we are looking into finding a similar project, photographing a themed cook book would be a dream come true.

We first found out about Kate when goggling around to find photographers in Auckland. Her work is lovely, she has her own style. We set up a meeting at a local café and it turned out that we had so much more in common than just our passion for photography. The coffee that we had led into a glass of wine, then drinks, dinner and a evening out all the four of us. Neither of us wanted this new friendship to end so quickly, we had so much fun hanging out, but the day after we had to leave Auckland with our rental car. When we left Auckland it was with the feeling of happiness that we just found amazing new friends but we also felt bad about not spending more time with them. We wanted them with us on our trip, imagining how much fun we could have had together! So we decided to meet again when we got back to Auckland.

10 days later we drove into Auckland again to meet up with Kate and Sherman. Fredrik hadn’t tried the New Zealand surf yet, so the boys went to a good surf spot just 30 minutes outside of Auckland. The girls had a nice picnic on the beach while playing with their cameras. The surf was good, and hanging on the beach also. After the beach we stopped by a local brewery on the way back to get some food and tap beer before calling it a day.

Our idea was to sleep in the car somewhere around Auckland our last few days, but we ended up getting invited to stay with our new friends in Parnell. We couldn’t have asked for better friends in the city, thank you so much Kate and Sherman for everything, meeting you really made a difference, we miss you guys. All the best of luck to you with your projects, until we meet again.


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Raglan – Surf town

Raglan is a surfing town two hours south of Auckland, here everything’s about the surf. At a local café called “The shack” people come to have breakfast and share stories about the morning surf. It is fascinating to see how active people in New Zealand seem to be. Almost everyone has surfboards or kayaks on the roof of their car, or a boat behind it. Camping, fishing or hiking they really enjoy the outdoor life!

After having spent our morning in the darkness of the Waitomo caves we headed straight for the beach to catch some sun. The beach is a 10 minute drive from the city centre, here you can learn to surf at the local surf school down at the beach or rent a board and wetsuit. Raglan is famous for the long left hand breaks at whale bay where we found a local surf competition was taking place. We snapped some photos but the waves didn’t really offer much this day.

Even if your’re not surfing, Raglan is a cool place to hang out with good food, great atmosphere and beautiful black sand beaches to spend your days at.


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