(Or, as I so articulately said in the video down below, the area where “the Maori signed the treaty with…the British?…um…the Europeans?” Doing Americans everywhere proud, I am.)
This video is SO boring that I actually included a disclaimer at the beginning. Consider yourselves forewarned.
Very Lord of the Rings, no? In front of a wishing well in Kerikeri. I wished for world peace. Just kidding! I wished for a cute, smart, successful hubby who likes traveling and neurotic blondes.
After the Treaty Grounds, my tour guide Tom and I stopped by Living Nature, a 25-year-old New Zealand range of 100% natural skincare, haircare and body care products that’s in 18 countries and has won scads of awards from magazines all over the world. Living Nature uses local New Zealand ingredients, such as Harakeke flax (which is hydrating, soothing and antiseptic) in their Hydrating Toning Gel, Manuka oil from the Manuka tree, and Hallosite Clay (one of the purest, finest clays on the planet) in their Deep Cleansing Mask to filter impurities from the skin. I left with some goodies, so I’m excited to try them out.
Awkwardly posing in front of the Stone Store in Kerikeri, where I learned about Shrek, the celebrity sheep
For lunch, we stopped by an adorable Kerikeri restaurant called The Pear Tree–where I had divine fish & chips and some local Pinot Gris–then walked next door to tour two of New Zealand’s oldest buildings: the Stone Store and Kerikeri Mission House. If you’re a history buff, they’re definitely worth a visit. Actually, even if you’re not a history buff, they’re worth a visit, since the Stone Store contains an awesome gift shop with tons of New Zealand goodies. (I forgot to bring money, otherwise I would have picked up this book all about the celebrity sheep Shrek.)
Shrek eluded shearing for 6 years before he was discovered living in a cave. He then became a Kiwi icon, met with the Prime Minister, flew on Air New Zealand, and was shorn on live TV. This was all news to me.
I’m leaving for Wellington tomorrow, and while I’m excited to see more of the country, I’m gutted to leave Kauri Cliffs. This place is so cozy and luxurious. Can’t I just move in?
In the Kauri Cliffs lodge last night before dinner