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  • Day91

    The great escape

    February 5 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    The curiosity was high. How would the streets look? We moved the curtains away and... they were fine. It was sunny, as we had expected, and Riversdale hadn't flooded. The state website however still maintained that the road to Queenstown was closed due to flooding. So were most of the roads on the other side of us. We received another emergency alert: the inhabitants of Gore and Mataura were going to be evacuated and Riversdale should prepare to do so. We had a shower and packed our stuff. Another alert: Wyndham was also going to be evacuated. As this was further down the river, that didn't worry us too much. But we learned that a paper mill near Gore could release chemicals when damaged by the floods, so it felt better to get away from there. It didn't look like we'd be able to get to Queenstown through Gore anyway, so we drove back to Lumsden and put our hopes on that road opening again. The road conditions were fine on the way back there, a world of difference compared to the horrors of the night before. We drove to the closed crossing near Lumsden, monitored by a nice guy in an orange vest, to try and find out what the deal was. He claimed it was purely flooding holding them back from opening it, not slips or damage. With it looking quite good everywhere else that gave us some hope: surely it couldn't be that bad then.

    We went back to Lumsden and joined what felt like hundreds of other cars, vans and campers on a parking waiting for the road to open. Officially this was a legal overnight parking/camping for self contained vehicles only. However, joining an old train under a roof we found some tents that found shelter here last night. Just like lots of other people we were just hanging around on the parking lot, napping, writing postcards, eating lunch and once in a while checking the road status online. At 16:00 our parking spot neighbour told us the road was being opened between 16:00 and 19:00. It wasn't online yet, so we had no idea how they knew, but we and others got excited enough to give it a try. And indeed, orange vest guy was gone! In karavaan style we drove towards Queenstown, sometimes quickly stopping along the way because the nature around us was amazing. Apparently they opened the road for convoys in both directions, so sometimes we had to wait on stretches where only one lane direction was open. There was no flooding on the road anymore but in parts the fields next to the road gave a good impression that it was different here last night. And there were also parts with lots of dirt on the road and machinery to move it onto piles next to the street.

    About 1.5 hours later we made it to the other side. Campings in Queenstown were expensive and we had already lost quite some days and money because of the weather, so we decided to go further. A camping in Cromwell was our aim for the night. Our question if their grass was wet or a swamp, they answered with a laughter and an assuring 'it has dried up quite well'. So that sounded perfect. And we had just enough time to squeeze in the Halfway Remarkable viewpoint and a visit to the world's first commercial bungee jumping site before going there. From the viewpoint we could also see the effect of the flood on the water color and size of the river.

    When we finally went to bed, we really thought 'what a day' but like usual everything worked out well.
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  • Day126

    Wine tour rainy day

    February 2 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    The weather was pretty rainy, so we planned to drive to Cromwell to go wine tasting.
    We started off with Mount Difficulty. Which had some great views, nice Pino Noirs but was not a massive fan of their whites.
    Next we went to Terra Sancta, a very expensive place. All their wines were very tasty. We decided we would all share the cost of a $60 bottle as a special treat to have on the last day of our holiday. The price advertised was apparently only for special members, so it ended up costing $83 (£42) for a bottle. Never spent so much on a bottle ever. Thanks goodness it was decided by 4.
    Then went to a place called Akarua. Pete and Cathers friend worked there, so gave us an extended tasting. Again some very nice wines. Even managed to taste of of their $120 bottles. I didn't like it as much as their $40 wine.

    Then met up with Pete and Cathers friend Jimmy to have a pie at the Black Rabbit.
    Final tasting of the day was at the Wooing tree. A wine we had had a few times since arriving in Wanaka.
    Pete as the designated drive got us home safe and sound.
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  • Day34

    Wein ... seelig

    March 4 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Ein Tag bei den Winzern im Central Otago habe ich mir dann doch gegönnt. Central Otago ist die südlichste Weinregion der Welt. Mit 200-450 m über dem Meeresspiegel ist sie zudem auch die höchstgelegenste Weinregion Neuseelands. Central Otago hat sich vor allem einen Ruf für den Rotwein Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) aufgebaut. Und wie nicht anders zu erwarten, gibt es dort auch das Weingut mit den besten Bewertungen für Pinot Noir … nicht nur in Neuseeland, sondern auch weltweit: Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir. Nachdem ich von Wellington aus nicht nach Martinborough gefahren bin, um das Ata Rangi Weingut zu besuchen (für mich der beste Pinot Noir überhaupt), war ein Besuch bei Felton Road obligatorisch. Nach Voranmeldung war das auch kein Problem und ich hatte eine Führung und über 2 Stunden dort - mit Verkostung. Leider bekommt man nur 6 Flaschen pro Person – die habe ich allerdings mitgenommen. Schließlich war ich auch bei Cloudy Bay, die hier auch anfangen sich zu engagieren. Ein perfekter Tag, der mit 12 Austern am Seeufer in Queenstown ausklang.Read more

  • Day227


    May 27, 2015 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 2 °C

    Tak mi muj queenstownsky couchsurfer napsal, ze ho vyhodili z domu, protoze vcera poradal nejakou desnou party. Tak me pry dnes nemuze hostit. Smajraaa... zapichla jsem to v kempu kus pod Cromwellem a Queenstown dojedu vzapeti. Tak snad me muj zitrejsi hostitel nezklame!
    Pridano pozdeji: Tak oproti Otagu byly v Mt. Cooku tropy. V noci jsem klepala kosu a rano se probudila - ano, do minus 9 stupnu Celsia, jak mi radostne oznamil pan spravce kempu. No, muzete si tipnout, kolik aut tam spolu s tim mym jeste stalo. Jsem sice drsna ceska holka, ale myslim, ze dnes byla moje historicky posledni noc stravena v postylce ve vanu ;-).
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  • Day115

    Arbeit und Leben auf der Kirschplantage

    January 25, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Jetzt ist es mal wieder an der Zeit euch auf den laufenden Stand über meine Reise hier in Neuseeland zu bringen. Es hat sich ja einiges getan seit meinem letzten Post hier. Wir haben einen Job auf einer Kirschplantage und der ist ziemlich cool genauso wie die Leute hier, aber auch das ganze außen rum. Wir leben auf der Farm mit allem was man braucht, super Duschen und guter Küche. Geschlafen wird seit neustem im Zelt, da sich unser Auto leider vorzeitig von uns verabschiedet hat. Wir sind jetzt schon seit ca. 3 Wochen hier in Mitten der Wüste Neuseelands und genießen die Sesshaftigkeit mit all ihren Vorteilen. Zum Beispiel hab ich eine wunderschöne Joggingstrecke gefunden. Diese führt auf einen Berg, von dort aus kann man gefühlt die ganze Wüste bestaunen. Wunderschön! Leider ist das Wetter nicht immer so geil. Was das heißt? Frühs zum Aufstehen haben wir immer so ca 4-7 Grad Celsius und mittags durch die Sonne so um die 20+ Grad Celsius. Aber wenn es mal warm ist, dann kann man das Wetter hier richtig genießen, denn es regnet kaum. Die Arbeit an sich finde ich echt cool, da unsere Supervisor extrem cool sind und da man pro Eimer gepflückter Kirschen bezahlt wird, kann man auch selbst bestimmen wie viel Geld man verdienen möchte. Nur das frühe Aufstehen - 5 Uhr - ist nicht so mein Ding. Morgen haben wir unseren letzten Arbeitstag, da alle Kirschen gepflückt sind. Man hat wieder tolle Leute getroffen und Spaß gehabt bei diesem tollen Stopp in der Nähe von Cromwell. Morgen Abend gibt es dann ein BBQ und wieder eine große Feier, von der ich hier schon 2 genossen habe. Danach geht's dann in unserer 5er Konstellation (Lukas, Niklas, Felix, Matteo und mir) weiter auf der Südinsel. Mal sehen was uns noch alles spannendes erwartet.Read more

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