The land of the long white cloud - New Zealand. It's always refreshing coming back here, mostly for the fact that the weather always seems to be much better than where my home is back in the UK; Birmingham.
As soon as I landed, February 14th at 2pm, I was due North for a reunion with old friends and some Scuba diving at a place i just can't seem to get away from, Tutukaka and the Poor Knight Islands.
Having trained as a Scuba diving Instructor here at New Zealand's no.1 dive centre, Dive! Tutukaka, it was great to be reunited with familiar faces and friends. The Poor knight Islands is a place EVERY diver has to visit at least once in their lifetime, what you will experience their both above and below the water sets the diving standards sky high! The day out was fantastic, some great dives at Northern and Middle arch with amazing visibility and clouds of fish like no other, man i've missed this! I'd highly advise going with Dive! Tutukaka, the days experience you'll have with them is second to none! (www.diving.co.nz)
I was on the move once more heading down to Auckland to walk a trail i'd much anticipated; the hillary trail. Measuring 75km in length, i planned to just do a day hike due to a tight schedule to get down south. The weather was unfavourable, gloomy clouds overhead and spitting rain, but often that brings out the best in the New Zealand bush. Not long into the trail I stumbled upon a decommissioned tramline, the Nihotupu tramline. Decomissioned in 2014 and has had no further use since, nature has seized this opportunity to grow over the tramline to provide an eery setting along the tracks, in particular the various tunnels that the tramline used to run through.