My husband and I just returned from a 2 week trip to New Zealand in celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary. We spent a week in the Queenstown area and a week in the North Island. We saw many amazing things and did wonderful day trips, but this one was truly a standout. We did the Wild Waitakere day trip with Shane Hintz on one of our final days in the Auckland area. Shane picked us up bright and early and we joined just one other person for an experience we will never forget. Shane showed us beautiful black sand beachs, a breathtaking colony of gannets, a rare New Zealand robin, and other interesting native birds. He treated us to a "kiwi foot bath" as he called it---definitely the most unique thing I have ever done, but I won't spoil the surprise! We hiked to a waterfall through a lovely rain forest and had the best lunch ever (thanks to Shane's lovely wife) and we learned so much from this passionate kiwi and veteran world traveler. Do not pass up this opportunity to escape from the city and see the beauty of Waitakere. I was so sad when the day ended, but my photos and memories will hopefully last a lifetime.
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