New Zealand Moment of the Week: Waking Up to a Sunbathing Ocean

When we arrived at our first New Zealand room, my relative and I saw the most beautiful moon in the universe. I didn’t want to go to sleep, yet I was exhausted. I barely slept for 3 days, as it took me two days to get to New Zealand and I can hardly sleep on flights. That is surprising, because I’m used to sleeping during bus rides. In any case, I wasn’t tired even as we traveled throughout our entire first day in New Zealand. The excitement kept me going.

At night, though, I was exhausted and I needed to sleep, moon or no moon. Listening to my body rewarded me with the most beautiful view I ever woke up to.

On one side, I saw this:


Yet the big stars of the landscape were the ocean and the water-loving sun.



It’s easy to understand why New Zealand is one of the first places the sun races to see every day.


We had a balcony. And wet chairs and a wet table on the balcony, as it always rained while back home it was hot and humid. I was happy. This is the top of a chair’s back rest, enjoying the landscape, enjoying life.



New Zealand Moment of the Week is my way of re-living the unexpected fairytale journey that made me a world traveler โ€“ and sharing it with you. Every Thursday (or this week: Friday) on All Colores, you will find one more moment of joy.


Where did you first wake up outside of your own country (and outside airplanes)?



  1. I know exactly what you mean about the excitement keeping you going. I can go all day long after a long plane ride, functioning on adreline alone. These are beautiful photos – my favorite is the first one. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I have yet to come to a new place and want to go to sleep instead of going to explore. I’ve been really fortunate in being able to keep going on the adrenaline, since I always seem to land in the morning or midday (OK, so I make an effort to land early and have time to explore – it helps me with preventing jet lag, too!). Glad you like the first photo, I was worried it won’t get enough attention ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Quite the beautiful place. New Zealand always looks much greener than the images of it I have in my mind. I have no idea why I see it as part desert…I just do. I’m sure it looked much better to you too, after a few hours sleep.
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    • I think Australia has more desert than New Zealand, and they’re both on the same part of the world ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s definitely something to be said for better travel after a good night’s sleep.

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous!! ๐Ÿ™‚ What a lovely thing to wake up to. ๐Ÿ™‚ My first view out of my own country was Moscow, Russia. ๐Ÿ™‚
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