The Magical Place

Some people believe that magical places only exist far away. That you need to fly for a day or drive for hours to get to one.

But if you look around where you live, chances are there's a magical little spot nearby. It might be a park. It might be cozy book store. It might be a nature trail. It might be your own backyard.

My magical place, for example, is the Orakei Basin in Auckland. It's just a few minutes from downtown, and yet has what I find to be the perfect mix of urban elements and nature.

What makes somewhere magical is as much the place as the effect that place has on you. The magic is within. What's outside just helps it come out.

A view of the Orakei Basin in Auckland