Monday, 28 January 2019

Our last day of our new years trip was spent at Cathedral Cove.

To avoid paying for parking and to add a little more of adventure to the day we decided to park at Hahei Beach and walk to the beach instead. I think my friends were trying to kill me but I'm kinda thankful for it. It was a hard 40min walk but a good one.

We managed to avoid most of the craziness and get in a good swim once we got there. It was a couple of hours of dips in the water and laying out in the sun and it was awesome. We weren't into the craziness of the endless amounts of tourists so left once it started to get packed.

The walk back was even harder than the walk there but again... I kinda loved it anyway.

I only have one question to ask though... does the trip even count if you didn't take a jumping photo in front of the arch? If not then I definitely never went to Cathedral Cove.

...but even though I didn't... would still 10/10 recommend.

XO, Danielle



Saturday, 19 January 2019

Emily and I spent our first day of the year with Zac and his siblings at a beach called New Chums, located about an hour away from Cooks Beach where we were staying.

I love a good spot thats beautiful but that you have to work a bit to get to experience. This is one of those places. Let me tell you though, the beauty of New Chums peaking through the trees at the end of the track and the anticipation of the sound of the waves crashing against the shore made it well worth it.

It was my first time adventuring a spot like this and I fell in love with how incredibly beautiful it was. I can quite honestly say it's trumped Bethells Beach as my new favourite.

We spent the day swimming and jumping through the waves with a few breaks for tanning in between. It was awesome.

On the ride over Zac had been telling us about how there was a lookout that you could climb to which overlooks the whole beach. It was apparently steep and a little hard to climb but decided to do it anyway in the name of a good adventure.

I nearly died.

I was also too scared to climb to the very top.

...but I still did it and I'm glad I did because the view was incredible.

It was the perfect way to start off the year.

Here's to many more adventures as great, relaxing and fun-filled as this one was.

XO, Danielle



Friday, 4 January 2019

Yep. You read that title correctly.

My parents gave me our camping tent without the poles to go on holiday with. As you can see in the photo above, we were absolutely stoked about it too.

Thankfully we brought along our gazebo which attaches to the tent along WITH it's correct poles, pegs and whatever else we needed. So my friends and I spent our new years at Cooks Beach sleeping in a gazebo.

The very last day of 2018 we spent at Hahei Beach. The weather was pretty average but we managed to take a walk to a lookout where we could see the entirety of the beach and all of it's glory. It was stunning.

Zac and Emily even managed to get in a little snorkeling session where they found someones credit card floating among the fish.

Where was I, you ask? I was lying in the sand snacking on a container of pringles. I have no regrets.

After a day of exploring, our final hours of 2018 were spent lying on a picnic blanket in the sand on Cooks Beach. We watched the stars and listened the crashing of the waves while Good Grace by Hillsong United played in the background.

Having timed it just perfectly Joel Houston yelled out from my phone "I have a feeling it's about to get rowdy!" and fireworks crashed as they flashed through the sky indicating the start of a new year - a great year to be.

Our year started off with a whole lot of adventure and I am so excited to see what greatness God has planned for this one. If it is anything like last year we are in for a real treat.

XO, Danielle

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