Yesterday was an awesome day.
I’m not very fond of sitting around and doing nothing, killing time watching Netflix and just not doing a lot. I’d much prefer spending my time creating memories, pushing my comfort zone and having fun with friends and family.
Recently i have been hanging out with a lot of international people, i like that, because they’re always down to adventure and explore, and create memories and document them, while living in the moment. which is something i am all for, and hey i might be able to add a little value to they’re time abroad by showing them places they might not of known of otherwise; and this place was definitely one of them.
So yesterday i got a big group of friends and family together and decided were going to dickeys flat. “who’s dickey? and why are we going to his house?” most people asked. Its just the name of the watering hole we were heading to.
Upon arriving at dickeys flat we were greeted my my two brother and some more friends. Now for a short walk to dickeys flat. This part is always exciting if you’ve never been before. Multiple bridges over beautiful river views. 10-15 minute walk along the trail you are then greeted by an old mining tunnel.
Of which if you’re not prepared for is always fun. The tunnel is almost pitch black for approximately 200 meters there is water running down by your feet, glow worms on the roof of the cave, and just enough room to let someone pass who’s coming from the other direction. And right on the other side is a beautiful waterhole with multiple waterfalls and rocks to jump off.
This is definitely one of those places that make me appreciate the journey just as much as the destination, Both are equally as exciting. So this day was the 20/4/17 not to long after cyclone cook. so the water level was quite a bit higher then usual and the water icy cold, words cant describe how cold this water was, literally like jumping into an ice bath. Nonetheless we all took hold of the moment, some with a little more encouragement then others, and took the leap. swimming across to the other side for warmth on the sunny rocks and to do some jumps into the water.
i have been wanting to learn to take photos for a while now, and my twin brother was showing me the basics (hopefully i can get just as many pics for future posts). We all did a few jumps and then quickly retreated to get warm and eat some food and just enjoy the cereal landscape.
After the icy cold water, we had no trouble agreeing upon the Te Aroha Hot pools as our next stop. So off we headed. Back through the cave down the track over the bridges, into the cars, and drove all the way to Te Aroha for a relaxing time in the hot pools. This was much deserved.
After relaxing and enjoying each others company, (its always good to see my brothers). we went our separate ways one car back to Hamilton and the other to Auckland. we buckled up for a decently long drive home. Just singing along to some oldies but goodies, and driving into a beautiful peachy red sunset.
Upon arriving in Auckland marked the end of an awesome adventure and some great memories. I hope to have many more adventures like this, where everything seemingly goes to plan, everyone’s on a good vibe, and the weather could not get any better.
“It’s not about the journey, it’s about the destination” – unknown