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    • Day188

      Milky way

      March 3, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      Nein, es geht nicht um den leckeren Snack für zwischendurch. Kürzlich wurden 4.300 km² von Neuseelands Südinsel als internationales geschütztes Himmelsreservat anerkannt, dem größten Reservat dieser Art weltweit. Das „Dark Sky Reserve“, das einen Großteil der Aoraki/Mount Cook und Mackenzie Region abdeckt, wird als einer der besten Orte für Sternenbeobachtungen auf der ganzen Welt angesehen.

      Von unserem zweiten Campingplatz aus hatten wir wieder in nahezu vollständiger Einsamkeit einen unglaublichen Blick auf die Sterne und die Milchstraße, die ja in den derzeitigen Monaten von der Südhalbkugel deutlich besser zu sehen ist.

      Die Straßen gehen kerzengerade unglaublich lange bis in den Horizont und irgendwie sieht es aus wie in der Wüste.

      Einzig wurde die Einsamkeit durch zwei Jäger gestört, die für die Nacht beabsichtigten 200 Hasen zu schießen. Nachdem wir ein zweites Mal mit ihnen ins Gespräch gekommen sind, und sie die ersten dreißig Hasen bereits erlegt hatten, haben sie uns freudig gezeigt, wie man diese ausnimmt... Nun ja, wieder ein kleines Pünktchen auf der Pro Vegetarier Liste.
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      Traveler

      Wo ist denn der Lehrfilm zu dem Hasen? 😁😖😪

      3/3/20Reply
       
    • Day16

      Routenänderung

      February 23, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      Aufgrund eines Erdrutsch wurde die einzige Straße, die an der Westküste entlang führt, gesperrt. Wir haben daher unsere Route geändert und fahren jetzt östlich der Southern Alps in Richtung Greymouth.
      Am Arthur's Pass haben wir Quartier bezogen und einen kurzen Weg zum Devil's Waterfall gemacht.
      Das Wetter hier kann auch anders, wie einige Regenschauer auf dem Weg bewiesen haben.
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      Traveler

      Ihr seid super weiter so

      2/22/19Reply
       
    • Day31

      Road to Lake Tekapo

      December 31, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Around 1 pm I left Timaru and went to Lake Tekapo.
      The first part of the drive was through farmland but then I started to the mountains. As I was cooking closer to Lake Tekapo the more beautiful the scenery got 😍

      The snow-covered mountains in the background were coming closer and closer.
      And then I found a big field full of Lupin flowers in possible colors 😍
      Sooo beautiful!!
      And the smell was amazing as well, so bad you can’t smell the pictures!

      I then went to the campground beside Lake Tekapo but unfortunately, they were totally booked out 😳
      That never happens to me so far.

      I then drove to the I-Side and the friendly lady there showed me three other campgrounds around Lake Tekapo, low budget campgrounds, but I don’t mind that!

      I decided then to go there straight away and don’t go sightseeing around Lake Tekapo first. I want to be sure, I find a place to stay for the night.

      So I found probably the most beautiful campground in the area. Directly beside Lake Mcgregor, the small neighbor to Lake Tekapo. Here was still some space free and it’s working over an honesty box, so you pay and park where you want.
      I decided then not to go back to the city as I don’t want to lose my spot on the campground.
      The weather got really, really beautiful now and it’s also really nice and warm here! A lady told me, that I can walk through the camp and then pass through a little creek and then up a hill and from there I will have a beautiful view over the mountains and the three lakes around, Lake Mcgregor, Lake Tekapo, and Lake Alexandrina.

      So I did the walk and the view was really amazing! I am so glad, that I was ending up here!

      After the walk, I went for a swim in the Lake. They said it’s really nice and warm, 19 degrees. 🙈

      Well, it was indeed really nice but a bit hard to get into the water in the beginning. 😂
      But when I was inside I didn’t want to come out again! The water is so clear that I could see the ground all the time!! Really amazing!!

      After that, I relaxed a while in the sun until I was dry and then it was already time to think about my dinner 😊

      It was a really lovely evening and I was sitting outside really long, watching the sun goes down and then looking at the stars. Here you can see the really good 😊
      At 0 o’clock everyone at the campground was screaming “Happy New Year” and we mostly watched up into the stars as there was no firework around us, what I must say I really liked that! After that, I went to bed. Could not find a better spot for New Year’s Eve 😊💥
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      Eva Eylert

      HAPPY NEW YEAR

      1/1/20Reply
       
    • Day226

      Mt. Burgess (1430 m)

      May 26, 2015 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      U Tekapa jsme si toho prosli spoustu, ale protoze cekame, az Miru vyzvedne jeho kamarad (tez Mira) a nechceme u toho zmrznout, musime hikovat.
      Pani na infocentru nam o okolnich horach nedokazala rict vubec nic. Mt. Edward (1916 m) se sice na protejsi strane jezera tycil moc hezky, ale dle topo mapy byl moc daleko. A tak volba padla na Mt. Burgess.
      Prelezli jsme ovci ohradu (gauneri!) a za 2 a ctvrt hodinky a 700 metru vys jsme byli nahore, kde se zenili vsichni certi a vichr byl takovy, ze se skoro nedalo stat. Tak jsme rychle poridili vrcholovku, pokochali se vyhledy na canterburskou nizinu a majestatni Mt. Cook a valili dolu (ruce ve dvojich rukavicich mi rozmrzaly jeste hodinu :-().
      Btw. Volba destinace byla vic nez skvela. Slapeme si takhle v poklidu v poprasku snehu a v tom Mira hlasi "Hele, klokan!" A fakt tam byl. Posledni zvire, co by clovek v horach cekal. Rikaji mu tady wallaby a je to mensi varianta australskeho pribuzneho. I kdyz mne teda prisel velky az dost.
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      Filip Matyasek

      Jedno vrcholovi pivo za trest

      5/28/15Reply
      Svata Coupkova

      To bych tam pak asi zmrzla, kdybych si jeste davala studeny pivo :-(.

      5/28/15Reply
      Filip Matyasek

      No a co to mas teda v ruce, kdyz ne ceskou vlajku ani pivo?

      5/29/15Reply
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    • Day93

      Die Gletscherseen: Lake Tekapo & Pukaki

      January 18, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Nachdem Isabell und Jörg weg sind, bin ich erst einmal ein wenig unentschlossen, wo es als nächstes hingehen soll. Schließlich setze ich mich in den Bus nach Tekapo.

      Im Bus lerne ich Deborah aus Frankreich kennen, mit der ich die nächsten zwei Tage am Lake Tekapo verbringe. Wir stehen um halb sechs auf, um den Sonnenaufgang am Lake Tekapo zu sehen.  

      Die Gletscherseen faszinieren vor allem aufgrund ihrer hellblau-türkis-milchigen Farbe. Was ich aber vor allem genial finde, ist, dass die Ufer der Seen (bis auf das Nest Tekapo) unverbaut sind.
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    • Day3

      Day 2

      April 4, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      We woke up after a lovely sleep and discovered that the shower was worth staying for in the otherwise shabby-looking motel.

      We pottered down to Geraldine town centre and had breakfast at Subway, followed by a quick mooch in a NZ walking shop and then bought some lunch at the local bakery. We found his and hers gingerbread men which we thought were pretty cute so look out for those in photos later!

      The drive to Lake Tepako was stunning!! Driving into the mountains through lush green fields and tree lined roads was reminiscent of driving through the Lake District ... although with blue sky and 20oC temperatures! Many of the trees are starting to lose their leaves in the NZ autumn and it was so pretty watching them tumble down as we drove through them ... nature’s own confetti!

      Signposts alerted us to the fact that we were close to the lake and then ..... there is was!! A magical pool of green glacial water with a spectacular view of Mount Cook as its backdrop! we stopped for a quick photo and then drove to the tourist hotspot by the Church of the Good Shepherd.

      We parked up, grabbed our packed lunch and headed out for a walk round part of the lake. It was pretty windy (but still warm) and eventually we found a lovely sheltered spot for our picnic by the lake. After a romantic stroll back to where we had parked we got back in the car and headed towards Oamaru .... the home of the little blue penguin!

      The countryside en route continued to amaze us - so similar to home but so much of it and so green. The blue sky and sunshine just makes it paradise though! We arrived at Oamaru about 3pm and our first impressions was that it was a bit like Fleetwood/Blackpool big without the tat! We had a little explore of the town after checking into our hotel (Brydone Hotel) and spotted pretty buildings, a steam railway and an I-Sight tourist place where we booked our penguin experience. We had a couple of hours until our viewing at the colony and discovered a brewery so spent a very lovely 90 mins supping a couple of pints of home brew in the sunshine by the sea. Perfect 😊

      We arrived at the Blue Penguin Colony about 6pm and loved all the ‘penguin crossing’ road signs!! There were hundreds of cormorants perched on the pier and we had a hilarious conversation with a couple of passerby’s who thought they were penguins!!

      The penguin experience was great, if a bit artificial. The nesting boxes were built by the conservation team and not quite what I was expecting. Watching 2 rafts of penguins waddle up the rocks (24 in all) was a special experience. The penguins were absolutely adorable and it was such a treat to see them flap about trying to cool down after hours of fishing in the ocean.

      We tried to find somewhere to eat after leaving the colony and unbelievably everywhere seemed closed!! The only place we could find was a Chinese restaurant called Golden Island .... and the food was edible but only just! Well, we have been spoilt so far I guess!! We headed back to the room with the full intention of going to the bar for a nightcap .... but ended up snuggling up and fell asleep!! Ooops!
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