Sunsets are gorgeous. Period. But I think, we all agree that while some of them come and go, others are born to become the brightest memories. I will never forget that beauty of a sunset that followed me and fellow runners at Mount Maunganui Night Run a year ago. Juicy, bold and so intense you could literally imagine yourself swimming in its warm pink and orange waves. Of course, those Maldivian sunsets are like no other as well. I kid you not, sometimes I felt they last forever! Recently Alex and I have added another sunset stunner to our ever-growing list of outstanding moments.
It was in Raglan. God only knows how we’ve managed to spend 2,5 years in New Zealand without visiting ‘surfing capital of the country’ ever before! It almost feels like this little coastal town waited for the right moment to appear in full glory. Personally I can’t think of a better way to discover this destination than the one we had – on a boat with wonderful people, on a warm sunny day, admiring one of the best sunsets ever.
A few days before Christmas we’ve received an invitation from Waikato Tourism Board. They wanted to celebrate a great year with bloggers and photographers who supported the region in 2018. We truly and honestly enjoy exploring the mightiest region of the North Island (three visits to Hobbiton in a year, Cherry Tree Festival and endless one-day trips are a great proof) and were super proud to join the cruise.
Sunset cruise is a legendary summer experience for Raglan visitors and locals. You jump on a boat and soak in the views of spectacular Whaingaroa harbour. And trust me, that’s something to look at! Rugged and quirky coastline is so unique and truly spectacular. There are tiny inhabited islands that can only be accessed by boat, black sand beaches with relaxed cows wandering around, rock formations that blow up all laws of gravitation and so much more!
On the day of our trip, the skies didn’t look very promising at first. But there is probably some special aura around a boat choc a block with photographers – after a prolonged hesitations, skies finally turned on that masterpiece of a sunset. Pure magic!