New Zealand: Camping in Matheson Bay, Goat Island, & Omaha Beach

This past weekend, me and some friends decided to pitch a tent, and camp for a couple of nights. We went up north and outside of Auckland for some raw beauty. We started at Goat Island. This tiny island has black sand and beautiful snorkel opportunities. Fish will pretty much just come up to you— it’s a pretty cool experience if you aren’t afraid of sea life!

The black sand is one of my favorite parts: it gets super warm from the sun and is so nice to lay in after hours of snorkeling

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After we got our Goat Island fix, we made our way to the campsite and pitched our tents. We stayed at Matheson Bay. This was not the plan, however, the place we rented our snorkels from suggested we stay here because of a hidden waterfall and swing up a trail right by the beach. Finding hidden spots are one of my favorite parts about exploring!

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The next morning we woke up early for sunrise. Being able to wake up on the beach, roll out of a tent and watch the sunrise, puts everything in perspective: how small we are as humans. We take up such a small part in this world and make a big deal out of something that won’t matter in a couple of days. I love nature for that reason— it keeps you grounded.

Next we drove up a bit to Omaha Beach. This beach had white sand and the bluest water I have seen in NZ. It was crystal clear and absolutely breathtaking. I got to rent a surfboard and surf! Finally! It was great being able to surf, although the waves were small, it was still so fun and refreshing.

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A weekend for the books! So far, studying abroad has been a great decision and I recommend that everyone does it!

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