Almost a month ago today, I made the journey from San Diego, California, to Waiheke Island, New Zealand. During this short period of time interning on the island, I have fallen in love with the island. For those interested in interning, visiting, or moving to Waiheke Island, I’ll share with you a few of the reasons I enjoy living here!
The seasons in New Zealand are opposite of the United States, so I left summer in California for winter in New Zealand. However, the winter weather I have experienced on the island, consists of temperatures up to 70 degrees with an occasional tropical shower and the evenings bring in the crisp, cold, night air.
2. Lots of Walking trails
On the island the only public transportation is by bus, which departs at different times and when used often can quickly become an expensive means of travel. Many people, including me, prefer to walk everywhere–to work, to the grocery store, etc. Walking on the island is safe as there are many sidewalks or what locals like to call “footpaths” provided.
3. Incredible views
I actually enjoy my walk to work every day as I am able to enjoy the breathtaking views all around me.
4. Beautiful Beaches
My favorite thing to do is watch the sun set on a nearby beach and watch the warm colors highlight the natural beauty of the island.
5. Delightful Cuisine
There are many quaint shops on the island including specialty grocery stores which provide organic produce and meat. The island is known for their Te Matuku oysters one of their largest exports supplied in various restaurants and vineyards on the island.
It is nice to have a warm place, with great food, stunning scenery, and friendly people, it makes it much easier to call this new place my “home.”
The world awaits…discover it.