Mini Adventure – Explore A New Neighborhood (Hobsonville Point)
Price –> 0$ – 10$ (for coffee)
Excuses – time and money
Time –> 2-4 hours aka one dinner or long coffee date
The second mini-adventure of the year was off to a rocky start. Issue number 1, couldn’t decide where to go. After playing around with certain neighbourhoods that I had never visited – as per my own mini adventure instructions – I decided to break the rules and explore my own backyard, the neighbourhood of Hobsonville Point.
There are a few reasons why I thought that was important.
- I moved into the neighbourhood a few weeks ago, which means it still is a place that I haven’t spend a lot of time in.
- It is a relatively new development in Auckland city, so everything around has that new and waiting to be explored feeling.
- The start of uni, a long list of overdue work and family members visiting from overseas meant there wasn’t as much time to go further out.
The second rule I broke for this adventure was that I turned this into a multiple days kinda of an adventure, rather than a one-off. On Saturday, I visited the local market, purchased some produce, ate an incredible vegan Rosemary, Rasberry and Coconut ice-cream from the talented Lalele Organic Gelato store and finally got the chance to peek inside the new Little Creature Brewery aaand try some of the beer of course.
Only a few short hours later, I found myself back at the market. This time on two wheels, on top of an electric skateboard. (There are actually four wheels on a Boosted Board, but two sounded way cooler). Riding around the Boosted board, learning how to balance and having more ice-cream felt a lot like a travel moment.
Out of my comfort zone. Check!
Look like a tourist. Check!
Ice-cream run. Check!
The next day, a random burger emergency (can you sense a food theme?) brought about another exploring mission during the most beautiful afternoon light. Since the general area is a relatively new subdivision, most of the houses are new, with an architectural style and general vibe that reminds one more of Holland than New Zealand. The fact that half of the houses are still in the process of being finished or sold, it can feel like you are in a giant Monopoli board. Families will soon be bringing along cars, children and their dogs but for now, all is quiet!
There is much to see and do around Hobsonville Point and hopefully, this little adventure will spark more explorations.
So, let’s briefly talk about the lessons of this mini-adventure.
- Just because you live somewhere for a while, it doesn’t mean you have seen or explored the area around you
- The afternoon light is and forever will remain the best time of day to walk around a neighbourhood and take photos.
- There should always be a time in the day for ice-cream. Especially when it is raspberry, rosemary and coconut.
- Playing tour-guide in your own area means you can see a place through new eyes – better, exciting and eager eyes. Try it!
- Don’t say no to new experiences, especially if those are getting on a Boosted board.
Did you get to explore a new neighbourhood this month?