Kayaking in Auckland.
I went kayaking in Auckland, and it was actually awesome.
I often give Auckland a hard time, because I grew up here and so I have that ‘grass is greener’ mentality, where I tend to rate other cities much higher than my own. (Madrid>>>)
But recently I’ve been trying to really make an effort to fully experience Auckland, and make the most out of living here – after all it is ranked the 3rd best city in the world…
So when I got the chance recently to head over to Auckland’s most iconic island, Rangitoto via kayak, I jumped at the opportunity – even though my upper body strength is pretty non-existent.
I went along with I.AM a new Auckland-based fitness app, which pairs personal trainers and unique fitness experiences with eager trainees. It’s a good way to shop around before you settle on a PT or new fitness class, so you know you’ll get one that works you out the way you want it to – whether that be weights based, cardio heavy, pilates, crossfit etc.
Pretty smart really.
Anyway, our trip over to Rangitoto Island was incredible.
I can see why this kind of experience is so popular with tourists, and I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to do something like this!
We went out on an absolute stunner of a day in Auckland, with almost still water and no wind. We took just over an hour to paddle to Rangitoto Island in our 2-person kayaks, and the walk up to the summit was about another 40 minutes.
The view from the top was stunning and a good reminder of how gorgeous Auckland is.
Each way you turn, you get a new incredible view. There’s the view back towards Auckland city with the SkyTower poking out the top, and out the other way you can see a sea full of green islands floating in turquoise water.
I really had the best day.
It’s inspired me to get out and do more in Auckland, especially those things I’d previously written-off as only for tourists.
After all, being a tourist in my own city is a hell of a lot cheaper than being one somewhere else!
Do you have any Auckland tips for a local turned tourist?