November - December 2016
  • Day31

    Waiheke Island

    December 7, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Only a 35min ferry ride from Auckland is the secluded Waiheke Island that basically has a bunch of vineyards and wineries and beaches.

    We rented peddle bikes and cycled about 15km. On the way we tasted wine at the Goldies Estate and had a late lunch at Cable Bay Vineyard. For lunch we enjoyed a "Mezze Platter" with cured meat, cheese, hummus, olives and pita bread and don't forget the bottle of 2014 Cable Bay Pinot noir.

    Another highlight on our final day in NZ.

    Looking back on the past 31 days, NZ really treated us well and we enjoyed our time here. This country has such a rich abundance of natural beauty for outdoors lovers like us to enjoy. Traveling here is absolutely a must do for anyone who loves nature.

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  • Day31

    Auckland vibes aye

    December 7, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    The only NZ city we really spend time in. Nice city on the water with beautiful surroundings. The vibe in the city is not quite the hustle and bustle you get in other big city's around the world, very laid back as you would expect from the kiwis.

    I really like it here, but the traffic will drive me insane!

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  • Day30

    The Conservatory

    December 6, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Spur of the moment awesome day in Aukland, we planned to take the ferry to Waiheke island for the day and miss the 11:10am ferry due to traffic. Instead of waiting at Devonport ferry terminal till 13:10pm for the next one we took the ferry to Aukland CBD.

    We walked along the waterfront and enjoyed the atmosphere of the city as we passed several restaurants and bars.

    We decided to get something to drink at the Conservatory which turned into lunch and more drinks.

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  • Day29


    December 5, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Een ding wat ek opnuut besef het op ons trippie is dat ware vriendskap nooit vergaan nie. Ek het vir Christine in matriek laas gesien, dis exactly 15 jaar terug. Sy en haar gesin het permanent New Zealand toe getrek. Ek het haar in Mei laat weet ons beplan om NZ toe te kom en het haar 'n paar updates oor ons movements gegee soos ons reëlings in plek begin val het. Ek het haar gebel toe ons nader aan die Noord eiland kom en toe reël ons 'n kuier. En is dit nou 'n kuier van epidermiese proporsie. Ons is tot op 'n missie om skoolmense se lewens se ontrafel dis mos lekker om te sien hoe al die uitblinkers en akademiese reuse uitdraai ooo en "stalk" in goeie styl op facebook.

    Dis heerlik om net aan te hou kuier waar ons opgehou het donkiejare terug. Sy het ons opgelaai by die lughawe en toe gaan lunch by so lekker Italiaanse plekkie by die North Westgate mall. Ek was baie beïndruk met die basil plantjies op die tafels, nog 'n oulike idee. Ons is almal bietjie gaar want Christine het nagskof gewerk en ons is vroeg op in New Plymouth na laat in die bedkom. Ons het op 'n uitstappie na Takapuna beach met Boss gegaan. Dis duidelik 'n rykmans neighborhood met allerhande kafeetjies en koffie plekkies. Ons eet die lekkerste roomys OOIT by Movenpick, ek munch 'n coconut swiss chocolate, dit smelt in my mond soos 'n Ferrero Rocher dit proe soos NOG en NOG.
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  • Day29

    Isabel walking the dog

    December 5, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    I never thought I would see the day that Isabel would walk a dog.

    Now that I see thats she's willing to walk a dog I think we should get a big dog that she can take out running.

    Isabel pretended she's 3 years old and joined the the playground kids on a hamster wheel, this was hilarious as she almost lost her top when the wheel turned quicker than anticipated.

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  • Day27

    Crate day 1 Isabel 0

    December 3, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Lessons learned
    1) don't drink beer if you don't drink beer
    2) don't play beer pong if you don't drink beer
    3) don't then switch to passion fruit and vodka kiwi pong
    4) don't have a partner that makes you drink even if its her turn to drink

    Me and Esteé had fun getting ready, she curled my hair. Then made braai broodjies and went down the street to join the boys and the rest of the crowd. It was all very tamed till we started a beer pong tournament and the competitiveness took over. Great to celebrate this tradition with the Kiwi's. But they clearly have a much higher tolerance for booze than the average Jo.

    Let's just say It was fun till it wasn't fun anymore...

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  • Day27

    Lucy's gully

    December 3, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Die eerste van "kom ons wys hulle nog n plekkie" volgens Esteé.

    Dit word Lucy's gully genoem omdat Lucy daar vermoor is.

    Die stappie is nie 'n man se maat nie, ons al vier het iewers 'n plaas gekoop. Die paadjie was nogal modderrig en party plekke het mens gly gly geloop.

    Was rerig fun om saam met Jakes en Esteé 'n stappie te doen. Die bopunt van die roete het 'n ongelooflike uitsig oor Taranaki.

    Asof die 5km stap op en af by die bergie nie genoeg was nie het ons gou by nog plekkie Pukekura park so 2km stappie gedoen net om die bier van "crate day" lekkerder te laat smaak. Nog 'n laaste plekkie was Pak n Save, wat Esteé vir Isabel moes wys..'n makro op steroids.

    All Crate Day supporters must abide the 10 Commandments of National Crate Day. They're like laws, but more important. So read the rules below, and get your mates to read em over too.

    COMMANDMENT #1: Thou shall begin at midday.
    COMMANDMENT #2: Thou shall listen to The Rock Crate Day Hundy
    COMMANDMENT #3: Thou shall wear thy stubbies and thy singlet
    COMMANDMENT #4: Thou shall support thy Crate of Origin
    COMMANDMENT #5: Thou shalt not toss any salad.
    COMMANDMENT #6: Thou shall respect thy neighbour.
    COMMANDMENT #7: Thou only beef that shall attend National Crate Day is thy beef for thy BBQ
    COMMANDMENT #8: Thou shall look out for thy mates, even Dave
    COMMANDMENT #9: Don’t let’th the sun get thy best of you and your provisions
    COMMANDMENT #10: Thou shall always keep rules 1-9 top of mind, to ensure we continue The Rock National Crate Day legacy for centuries to come.

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  • Day26

    Suspension bridge for £695

    December 2, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    The original suspension bridge over the Waitara River, linking the Tikorangi and Huirangi communities near Waitara, was built in 1897 for £695. In 1927 the bridge was replaced by one of similar design. For safety reasons it was closed to traffic in 1985. A private trust raised $630,000 for its restoration, and the bridge was re-opened to light traffic in 2006.

    This is the first suspension bridge that I have seen that can actually take vehicle traffic. Not sure how strong the bridge is so I thought I will hold it up for a bit.

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  • Day25


    December 1, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    When Jakes & Esteé finished work we went on a afternoon outing, they share our love for outdoor & active stuff hence it involved climbing Paritutu. It's a 250m steep climb & the views are spectacular ( I don't think you believe me anymore). I had a bit of a close encounter coming down luckily I grabbed the chain and managed to stay up with my apparently strong hip. Phew !! The angels worked overtime here in New Plymouth. It would have been tragic breaking something at this stage of our adventure.

    Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain! Man climbing mountains is kinda my newfound buzz!! Or an old one that I am reconnecting with not exactly which one.

    Bermuda's lack of mountains make me appreciate this so much more. I am definitely getting enough leg workouts here, without even trying.

    Afterwards we went for a walk on their favorite local beach, I did not quite felt like swimming but beautiful nevertheless.

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