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.

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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.

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Top of kitekite falls

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View below the pool

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Rocky outcrop to sit and relax on the left

-medlabgeek

 

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

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High Tea at Bellini

Hello my chums !

It’s been super long since I last posted but I will be posting more often now as my exams are over and I have officially settled into my place at Rotorua 🙂

A few days before I left, I had a nice relaxing girls day with my bestie (her blog can be found here). The weather was perfect ! Sunny but not too hot with a little wind. We decided to go have high tea and we’ve already tried the one at Langham and Orbit so after a little digging through the web, we decided on Bellini at Hilton Hotel.

They are situated right at the pier so you can see all the ferries come by and the views are awesome for photos.

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The bar was very quiet and easy to talk and chat, I think it may be because it was on a Thursday and most people are at work. The staff are very friendly and the service was great but not overwhelming like most high teas. They leave you alone to talk and take photos. We chose the traditional option where you can choose from a selection of teas or coffee’s but they do have other options where a cocktail is included or whisky etc (the price will differ depending on what option). The traditional high tea cost $39 which is reasonable compared to all the other high teas which are around the $40-$50 mark.

The savouries and scones come out in flat plates and the desserts in the traditional 3 tier plates. Personally I loved their scones and savouries more than their dessert (and I love cake) but the passionfruit tart was delicious !

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I also found it very cute and a nice little touch that they added macaroons to our drinks.


I would’ve liked a better selection of tea though (Langham has much more options of unique teas and drinks that are included in your high tea, and you get to choose 2! You can read about that here).

The interior is decorated really nicely with nice big sofas and ottomans and comfy chairs but the tables were a bit low for us to sit and eat comfortable, it seemed more like a table for us to place our drinks so that we can talk rather than a place to eat. Nevertheless the food and location is amazing and I do recommended coming here for a few hours to eat and enjoy the scenery and catch up with some friends !

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High Tea at Langham Hotel

During the weekend, I attended a bachelorette party (or is it called a hen’s party? I never know what to call them). It was for my cousin, the beautiful bride-to-be, and the plan was to have high tea and then go back to her sister’s home for a relaxing girl’s day. Something chilled out and fun, nothing too exciting.

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Semester Two Begins

The holidays are well and truly over  😦 Today was our first day back to uni and I felt so unprepared. I haven’t purchased my lab manuals yet (which reminds me I should buy them tomorrow after class).

I was so grateful that I passed all my semester exams and found out about my results before I left for my trip to Queenstown (which you can read all about here) as it let me fully relax and have fun without stressing over all these what if’s. Who else overthinks and stresses over “little things” because they just can’t help it?

It also meant that I don’t have to stay back an extra year or screw up any placement opportunities I might have after this semester. Talking about placements, I had my interview for Lab Plus a week ago and I think it went well buuuuut I won’t know my specific placements until October. Finger’s crossed that I got it! ><

My first class for Med Micro III starts on thursday and I’m so excited because I think we will be learning about fungi and parasites. So I will be writing future blog posts on those specific organisms (hopefully!). Not too sure what I will be learning for Transfusion III but it is bound to be interesting because I LOVE transfusion.

Any who, we were welcomed with lure modules being set in specific pokestops around our campus to celebrate the start of the semester, and I was sure to make the most of that during my lunch break. What kind of “promos” for Pokemon go do you all have going around you? It’s so amazing how big this game got but also suffocating reading all about it everywhere I look (I know I’m doing it right at this minute haha).

 

Hmm… I wonder how long my obsession over this Pokemon game will last….

-medlabgeek

 

 

The Colour Run NZ

On Sunday, I woke up at 6.30am to the sound of heavy rain and thought oh no, it’s not going to be a great run ! But luck was on our side because as soon as we arrived to the event location, the skies cleared and the sun came out.

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Before The Run

The run starts at 8.30am and the track is 5km long. This event is suitable for charity, families and people that just want to have fun! You aren’t pressured to run (though you can if you want) and you see lots of children, teenagers and elderly doing this too! You are also encouraged to dress up and be unique so feel free to express your individuality 🙂

There were 4 colour stations (and a “snow” station) where powder is thrown onto you and the streets get completely showered with it! The powder is not harmful if you do happen to breathe it in or ingest it (though it felt uncomfortable when it was all in the air). There was also a water station where you can drink if you get thirsty so you don’t need to carry a bottle of water.

At the finish line you receive a bottle of water, 2 packets of powder and a medal for crossing the line. There are also lots of freebies and activities at stalls to browse around and have fun. There is also a stadium where music is playing and crowds gather to dance and throw powder into the air, super fun and exciting!

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Stadium

Even though it was quite expensive (around $57 NZD for pre sale tickets), I recommend doing this atleast once for the experience! You don’t have to be an athlete to participate and who knows, it may start your journey into being an avid marathon runner ! 😀

Some things you should bring before you go:

  • Towels or big plastic bags to sit on in the car / public transport (trust me you will be covered in powder and glitter)
  • A go pro/camera or even a phone in a clear plastic case to take photos
  • Enthusiasm
  • Sunglasses you don’t mind getting ruined (to protect your eyes from the powder)
  • Shoes and clothes that aren’t new or expensive (same reason as the sunglasses)

You are given a t-shirt, marathon number and some merch the day before so I recommend using their shirt so you can keep it for memories without having to buy a separate one.

I’ve also attached a video of the event that I’ve uploaded Here. Enjoy !

-medlabgeek