Wairere Falls

Hi guys,

During ANZAC day (25th Apr), I finally got to visit Wairere Falls. A place I’ve been dying to go to for a few months now. It’s the highest waterfall in the North Island and you can see just how big it is on the way to the entrance.

The walking track to the falls is located on Goodwin Road; around 15 mins drive from Matamata town centre. The track is quite straightforward with signs to help you. It has a few bridges for you to look at the boulders and streams laying about.


My attempt at getting the smooth water effect

I’m not sure if the track is usually as slippery and muddy, or if it was due to the intense rainfall we had the week before, but I tripped quite a few times so be careful when trekking here as the track has a lot of rocks, tree roots and high steps that make it easy to slip and fall. Most of the walk is covered within the forest of trees so it’s not too hot and there’s no searing sun blasting onto your neck. You’re also allowed to take dogs here which makes for a great family trip or even a great day for your beloved pet.

The first lookout is around 45 mins and from here you can see a direct view of the 153m waterfall.


Wairere Falls

If you’re not already exhausted from the walk to the lookout, you can walk a further 45 mins to the second lookout at the top of the falls. It is absolutely worth it to get to the top. The views you get are stunning and the weather we had that day just topped it off. You know you’re almost there when you start hearing the sound of rushing water, and not long after you turn a corner and can see a beautiful shallow stream.


Stream at the top

If you continue walking downstream, you reach the cliff edge where the waterfall starts and the water is so shallow that you can walk right up to the edge and in the stream where you can see the Waikato plains below you. You feel like you’re on top of the world. There was even a family grilling sausages on a portable BBQ for lunch! If you bring along packed sandwiches and some snacks it would make one of the best places to eat lunch with a view 🙂


Walking to the edge of the waterfall


We made it !




The Amazing View of our flat Waikato Plains


Soaking it all in

The path back is the same way you came up but its a lot faster and easier! This is a must go place if you’re ever driving past the Waikato.




Kayak Noosa

Hi guys,

I’ve been back in Auckland for about two weeks now and I wanted to do a post on an activity I did during my holiday in Australia. We had booked a 2 hr sunset kayak tour with kayak noosa for $60. They also do hiring of kayaks and paddle boards if you’re keen to explore yourself. The guide also brings a camera with them on the tour, so you don’t have to worry about taking your own photos or risk ruining your expensive camera. They email you the photos a few days after which was very helpful.


Kayak Noosa by the River

We met at their shop front at 3.30pm and lucky for us; there was just me, my partner and another lady who signed up for the day so we had plenty of time to relax and observe for wildlife with the guide. They give you a brief training session on how to change the tail direction and how to let up the sail (on our double kayaks) as well as how to use the paddles. So it’s great for beginners who aren’t very confident on a kayak.


Before we set off

We paddled towards the mangroves and the guide pointed out to us some heron’s, crabs, stingrays, as well as other migratory birds and birds of prey. We got to see a kite dive for fish right by our kayak which was amazing to see. Our guide Tracey, was very knowledgable and helped explain a lot of what we saw. So if there is anything you wanted to know more about, don’t hesitate to ask them as they can probably answer!



In the mangroves


After a bit of paddling , we beached onto north heads where we relaxed and had a bit of afternoon tea provided by the guide. You can also go for a swim in the water but we stayed on the beach to chat to the guide. During the ride back, we propped up the sail to help us with our paddling because the wind was in our favour. It was great, we got to sit back and enjoy the sunset as we sailed back, feeling the warm water trickle through your fingers and enjoying all that’s happening around you on the river. I really enjoyed the trip, so props to Erica and Tracey for the great service!


Jumping on the beach


Kite diving for fish






Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Hi all,

I’m currently in Australia on a little holiday before I start my next placement at Labplus. Boy is summer hot here! I’m constantly sticky and sweaty and require air con just to survive in this country. Other than the heat, I’m loving it in Aus ! Theres so much to do and the surroundings remind me of home yet feel so new and fresh at the same time. We flew to Brisbane and drove up to Noosa, where we are staying for 5 days before going back to Auckland.

One of the things I really wanted to do was cuddle a koala so it was a given that I had to visit the lone pine koala sanctuary. We bought our tickets online beforehand as it’s cheaper if you prebuy rather than purchase at the door. Even though we went on Monday, there were still a LOT of people so get in early if you want to get a photo of you cuddling a koala. It does cost extra for any animal held photos you want to take (they offer snake photo’s as well), at $18 / animal. Which is quite reasonable as you’re allowed to take as many photos on your own device as well as have a professional photo to keep (printed and free to download digitally). They do ask at the ticket counter if you want to pay $1 for a guide-book but you don’t really need it as there are plenty of maps available around the sanctuary and you can snap a photo of the show times which is shown right after you come out the entrance building.

Below are the photos of me while I held the koala and snake (yes I paid for both and excuse my nasty tan lines).




They also have a lot of australian icon animals such as the wombat, platypus, dingo, kookaburra, kangaroo, and Tasmanian devil. So you can’t get more Australian than that! I absolutely loved it here because I felt like I was up close and personal with them. You can also pay $2 for a kangaroo feed pouch at the same store where you purchase photo tickets. There’s an open section full of kangaroos for you to freely pet and feed. If you don’t want to fork out the extra $2 then no worries! They are so used to human interaction that you can walk right up and take photos without having to feed them 🙂



A mum and her joey!


More photos of some other animals we encountered:


Tasmanian Devil






White crested sea eagle – raptor show


Sheep dogs at the show




Kitekite Falls

Its Auckland Anniversary Day today so it was a long weekend. It was also my friend’s birthday during the weekday so we thought we would celebrate it by going to hike up the waterfalls and cool off in the pools at the top.

So many people had the same idea ! (I don’t blame them) It’s a great place to get out and enjoy nature in such a busy city like Auckland. Especially since it’s not far from the city – around 40 mins drive. And best of all, its free! 🙂

It was a scorching day and I couldn’t wait to go take a dip. The entrance to the track is at the end of Glenesk Road and there’s a big sign telling you it takes 30 minutes to the falls. If you follow that track it takes you to the bottom of the falls which has a big pool that you can swim in. You can also see the huge waterfall in front of you.


Base of Kitekite Falls

If you want to go to the top, its a 15 min walk on the left side of the falls up the connect track or if you wanted to go straight up the top and not stop at the base; you can start at the Byer’s walk on Glenesk Road and merge onto the connect track (beware there’s lots of steps). It’s a great workout! My calves were sore the next day.

By the time we made it, I couldn’t wait to jump in. But when I did jump in, oh man was it cold! I definitely couldn’t stay in there for long. But theres a rocky outcrop to the side that you can sit on and relax. Over there, you can see another pool below you and a great view of just trees and trees and trees. It was such a nice way to cool off and stare into the distance with the sun keeping you warm, a gentle breeze and the coolness of the water on your toes.


Top of kitekite falls


View below the pool


Rocky outcrop to sit and relax on the left



Round the Bays Auckland

Hi fellow bloggers & readers !

This is my first ever registration to round the bays on Sunday 5th March (for those not in NZ, it’s a fun marathon along the bays of Auckland). I’m super excited and I’ve decided to help fundraise for SPCA. A charity that cares for animals and aims to adopt our furry loveballs when ready for adoption. 

I would love it if you can donate to help my cause. Any amount is greatly appreciated and if it’s too much to donate it’s great if you can share this around too ! I will make another post after the run to let you all know how it went 🙂 

The link to donate is https://aucklandroundthebays2017.everydayhero.com/nz/karina 

-medlab geek