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  • Day107

    X-Mas bei der Familie in Hamilton

    December 23, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Über Weihnachten waren wir bei Tschelas Cousine und ihrer Familie in der Nähe von Hamilton eingeladen. In Neuseeland verbringt man die Feiertage etwas lockerer als in der Heimat.

    Am 23. sind wir alle zusammen durch die wunderschönen Hamilton Gardens am Waikato River geschlendert. Am Nachmittag durften wir dann ganz unverhofft sogar mit den Hauseigenen Standup-Jetskis auf dem breiten Fluss überhalb des Stausees ein paar ausgiebige Runden drehen, was gar nicht so einfach war wie es aussieht.

    An Heiligabend warteten wir am Stadtplatz bis das Christkind zu Hause die Geschenke abgeladen hat - das Zeichen dafür war das Anknipsen der spektakulären Christbaum-Beleuchtung. Zuvor waren wir noch zu zweit an den ca. 50km entfernten brautschleierartigen Bridal Veil Fällen mit den armdicken Aalen darin und später an der Westküste in Raglan die Surfer auf den Langstreckenwellen und einen Black-sand-beach anschauen.

    An Weihnachten war dann Abhängen bei Sonnenschein im Garten angesagt.

    Außerdem haben noch an der Westküste um Waihi alte und aktuelle Goldmienen besichtigt.

    An den letzten beiden Tagen war dann sogar noch Zeit am Bay of Plenty etwas zu Boogieboarden und schon erste Versuche mit dem Surfbrett zu wagen.

    An dieser Stelle nochmals vielen Lieben Dank liebe Cousine, dass Ihr uns so herzlich aufgenommen habt liebe. Wir hatten eine ganz wunderbare Zeit mit Euch 😀
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  • Day63

    Day 63: Just bring the house

    September 21, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Well this feels as an holiday within my whole journey. Pack your stuff together and head for a good cozy breakfast. So far it was rainy all the time in Auckland but now and then the sun came through. We took a cab to our Campervan near the airport anyway so we were all good. We arrived at the rental and it appeared that they didn't place the rack for the bikes jet. They pointed at our camper and we tought it was what we booked. Than after an hour (they appologised with a bottle of wine and a nice New Zealand hat) they parked this huge ass Camper in front of us. Not the Mercedes they first pointed at but one al lot bigger. A Volkswagen Crafter, it had all the specs we asked for plus a little more. If it was what we ordered or not, 7m long vehicle with a complete kitchen, stereo and tv, couches changable to a queensize bed, BBQ, outside table & chairs, toilet & shower and much more little things. So all we needed now was to get the mountain bikes. Well no problem with that it was at an other place so finding it with that huge vehicle was the hardest part. After this it was time to get provisions at the super market. Apparently we looked both under 25 years old and only pasports would do. Wow strange rules apply here.
    Get moving to Matamata (2x Mata? 2Mt4a?)with the whole house it was the first stop so we figured out this Campsite map on the TomTom and chose the cheapest (free) in the neighbourhood of Hobbiton. Actually this whole area already looked a lot like the Shire from The lord of the rings. Even if you don't know the movies you should know the beautifull landscapes that they used for it. After a 2 hour drive it was already dark and the campsite was nearby, from the highway it was a sharp corner left and right and this Camper didn't agree with breaking from 110 to 30 in 100meters so the turn left and right became like a proper highway exit. With the speed of 60 I flew with almost no steering movements into this dark parallel road and down a hill straight onto the campsite and a dead end next to water ( thankfully a totally empty site, more a parking lot anyway).
    I stopped the car like a maniac and to finish it off I reversed a little, straight on the best spot we could ever imagine. This place is called Bob's landing and fitting how I as Bob landed the Camper literally on the spot. The next day we would see how beautifull it really was, but I was existed about it (adrenaline rush ;-) ). We checked out our new home from the inside, had a proper diner cooked by chef Mariska, had some well earned alcoholic beverages, transformed the living room to bedroom and had a good nights rest ;-).
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  • Day102

    The Hobbiton Movie Set

    January 13, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Yes we did it! They have walking tours every 10-15 minutes every hour costing 79$ each. We were shoved into a bus with 20 or so other fellow movie nerds and shuffled around the set for about an hour and a half. All taking turns taking pictures in front of the infamous Bilbo Baggins residence. It's a relatively small area but the hilly landscape adds levels for the path to seem bigger than it is. Wow what an undertaking building this movie set this was. Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were both filmed here and it was really cool to see. The director did a lot of neat tricks to make the hobbits seem small relative to other humans rather than using CGI with a greenscreen. The director flew around and selected this landscape which happened to be owned by a farmer who got rich overnight for doing nothing. Then they called in the military to build roads and shut down the airspace in a 5 km radius so that there wouldn't be any planes mucking up the footage. The second time around they decided to film here the director and farmer made a deal to rebuild the set and run tours, netting 20,000$ a day we estimate.Read more

  • Day4

    Waikato River

    October 6, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Not a bad spot for lunch.
    P.S. none of the saturation was adjusted, everything is actually that shade of green.

  • Day52


    January 28, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Endelig kom dagen. Vi skulle besøge Hobbiton. Stedet hvor the shire Movie set blev optaget. Vi kom i god tid og sad og kiggede på folk. Brugte god tid på at kigge i souvenir butikken. Spiste noget god mad og slappede af.
    Kl 12:40 stillede vi op i kø og blev kørt ud over engene, i bus, til det sted, hvor hobitbyen lå. På vejen fik man på en kort video fortalt lidt om stedet og hvordan hele tilblivelsen var. Noget om Alexander Farmen og familien Russel.
    Vi kørte til en plads og gik via en smal grussti gennem en hæk og vupti. Så var man i Hobbiton. Superfed oplevelse, med gode små historier og anekdoter fra optagelserne og fra filmene. Genfortalt med små henvisninger til scener i filmen.
    En meget varm dag som sluttede i the green Dragon Inn og en lille forfriskning.
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