Quickly falling in love with this place!
From the beautiful beaches, to the genuine people, to the laidback atmosphere, to the true island feel...it’s a great place to be right now. I am settling into a good situation too. Below is an update:
I am working front line at Charlie Farley’s Beach Restaurant and Bar...bartending, taking orders, clearing tables, delivering food and bantering with the guests. It’s located directly on Onetangi beach so the view is spectacular. Really nice owners and staff too! I also just started working at the Waiheke Golf Course and will manage the clubhouse on occasion. This past week I worked from 3pm to close (about 11pm) everyday at CF and at the golf course on Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 8pm.
Before work each day we do a workout consisting of something different each day: resistance training (owner of hostel has weights in his garage), swimming a few hundred meters in the ocean, and/or running sets of stairs (from the beach to the hostel is 184 stairs straight up!).
I am currently staying at Kina Backpackers which is just down the beach from the restaurant. There are daily travelers in and out, but there is a group of 9 of us staying long term here...3 Argentinians, 3 Swedish, 1 Danish, 1 Aussie (Jules) and me. We have such great group dynamics and enjoy divulging in conversation, learning languages, cooking, chilling on the beach, creating percussion music, and of course heaps of laughing.
Hope things are well your way. Enjoy your day!