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    • Day11

      Christchurch to Dunedin

      November 5 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Today was another long travel day with a 6 hour bus from Christchurch to Dunedin. We stopped for a lunch break in Oamaru where I looked at some of the old architecture.

      Once I arrived in Dunedin, I headed on a very windy walk to the Sir Leonard Wright Lookout.Read more

    • Day16

      Besuch der Stadt Oamaru

      December 19, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Besuch der Stadt Oamaru, ist ein Halt wert , es ist eine Stadt der Künstler und Alteisenverwerter🤪👍.
      Der Stadtteil Harbour Str ist besonders lohnenswert, man denkt da man sei im 1960 , Geschäft und Ateliers bei jedem Eingang, alle Besitzer sind ein wenig durchgeknallt und glaub auf Drogen🤪😂🙈.
      Soger der Kinderspielplatz am Hafen ist Seheswürdig👍

      Leider habe wir die Pinguine nicht zu Gesicht bekommen, da sie erst Abends um 9 eintreffen😂😁 und diese mit Eintritt bestaunt werden können, aber man darf nicht mal Bilder machen von ihnen🙈, egal die sehen wir dann in Australien👍
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      Traveler

      Da passt ja es ganzes Rind dri

      12/18/19Reply
      Traveler

      Interessant...de Tinguely vo Neuseeland

      12/18/19Reply
      Traveler

      D Susanne hät öppis neuis für vors Hus gfunde 😁

      12/18/19Reply
       
    • Day53

      Road to Dunedin 🚌🪧

      October 23 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      🇩🇪 Die Reise auf der Südinsel Neuseelands geht weiter und uns zieht es weiter südlich nach Dunedin. Da es heute ein sonniger Tag ist, möchten wir die 3.5-stündige Autofahrt mit ein paar Stopps zum Sonnetanken verschönern.
      1️⃣ Als erstes haben wir einen Halt bei den sogenannten "Elephant Rocks" gemacht. Da wir nicht sicher sind, ob wir wirklich einen Elefanten im Felsen gesehen haben (wir glauben eher nicht😁), haben wir in einem Bild etwas nachgeholfen🐘.
      2️⃣ Unser zweiter Stopp war die Kleinstadt Oamaru, die direkt am Meer liegt. Die Stadt Oamaru ist für seine im viktorianischem Styl gebauten Gebäude bekannt.
      3️⃣ Dritter Stop war die Moeraki Shoulders Beach mit ihren typischen "kugelartigen" Felsen.
      4️⃣ Vierter und letzter Stop war das Katiki Point Lighthouse. Um zum Leuchtturm zu gelangen, mussten wir eine kleine Strasse zwischen grossen Wiesen voller Schafe einschlagen, welche wir nur sehr langsam befahren konnten. Doch dank unserem relativ langsamen Fahrtempo konnten wir sehr viele Fotos von süssen Tieren schiessen🐑😍.

      🇮🇹 Il viaggio nell'isola sud della Nuova Zelanda continua e ci porta ancora più a sud, più precisamente a Dunedin. Poiché è stata una giornata di sole, abbiamo abbellito le 3,5 ore di viaggio con qualche sosta interessante.
      1️⃣ La prima sosta che abbiamo fatto è stata alle cosiddette "Elephant Rocks". Poiché non siamo sicuri di aver visto davvero un elefante nella roccia (pensiamo piuttosto di no😁), ci abbiamo pensato noi per voi e abbiamo ritoccato un po' una foto🐘.
      2️⃣ La nostra seconda tappa è stata la piccola città di Oamaru, che si trova sul mare ed è nota per i suoi edifici in stile vittoriano.
      3️⃣ La nostra terza tappa è stata "Moeraki Shoulders Beach" con le sue tipiche rocce "sferiche".
      4️⃣ La quarta e ultima tappa è stata il faro di Katiki Point. Per arrivare al faro, abbiamo dovuto percorrere una piccola strada tra grandi prati pieni di pecore, che abbiamo potuto percorrere solo molto lentamente. Ma grazie alla nostra velocità di guida relativamente bassa, siamo riusciti a scattare molte foto di animali carini🐑😍.
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      Traveler

      Ja, da erkennt man den Elefanten 🙂

      10/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      😋😋😋

      10/26/22Reply
       
    • Day79

      Penguin safari

      January 24, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Our first alarm went off as early as 1:00. The sky was clear, there was no moon, no city anywhere close to us, so the perfect spot to watch the stars. That was pretty awesome. A few hours later an early alarm again as we wanted to avoid the heat and the crowds on the Hooker Valley trail. The sun had risen but wasn't anywhere close to warming us up yet due to the surrounding mountains. We managed to set off at 7:30 with our fleeces on, and they stayed on the whole way to the glacier lake as we were in the shadows the whole way. When we arrived at the lake it was really still quite empty here and we spend some time here while waiting for the sun to hit it. There were some icebergs in the water as well. We spotted a tent just off the beach, turned out to be of a French couple who spoke decent English against all odds. Would've been a cool (and free!) place to stay as well with a stunning view, but alas, we hadn't really considered it. We walked back to the campsite and packed our tent.

      Time to leave the Mount Cook area and head back towards the east coast. We realised our fuel tank was almost empty, and the only station in the touristy alpine town was out of order. The next one was in Twizel, some 65km further. This added some extra excitement to the trip but we eventually made it without having to push the car. From Twizel we drove further east through a landscape of yellow grassed hills and dammed lakes. We had a quick stop to look at some elephant rocks (movie set of Narnia) and not very spectacular whale fossils, before arriving to Oamaru, the self-proclaimed penguin capital of New Zealand. Most obviously we had to stop here and do every effort to spot these little cute creatures.

      We arrived at the campsite at 17:00 but the first penguin species, the yellow eyed penguins, were gonna arrive on land just one hour later. This meant we had to be very time efficient. By now we are very good in setting up our tent, so that was no challenge. We got some quick noodle takeaway and drove off to Bushy Beach. Here we hurried to the viewpoint on the cliff above the beach. Some people were just leaving and we were a bit worried that we had just missed the landing. We asked a guy holding binoculars, and indeed one had landed on the beach and gone into the bushes. We looked a bit around the beach but nothing was happening, so we got our noodles and had an enjoyable dinner with a beach view. The weather was perfect. Then Susanne spotted something in the water, and it was a yellow eyed penguin! For how far away it was, it was remarkably exciting. The guy with the binoculars was kind enough to let us have a look through them for a bit. He also knew a whole lot about them since his job is counting penguin landings every evening. Was interesting to talk to him a bit.

      However, there was also another penguin species in town. Handily their landing time is right after the sun sets. So we changed location to the harbour and walked a bit around. The official way to see these little blue penguins - the smallest penguin species in the world - is by paying 40 dollars to sit on a tribune. We were not sure if we wanted to pay for that, and by the time we informed about it the show was already fully booked, and it had already started as well. We knew where the tribunes were however and just beside it you could also have a bit of a look. We saw some small penguins jump up on the rocks, making their way to their nests. The whole thing gave us the feeling that those tickets were overpriced though. We walked a bit around the harbour area and it didn't take long before we also saw penguins trying to get on land outside of the tribune area. They climbed up the rocks but then had to cross first the pedestrian path and later on the parking lot and street. Some people were watching them respectfully from the distance trying to be quiet and still. But as always not everyone does. At some point the penguins were what seemed paralized and afraid to move any further. They were hiding in some small bushy area between the rocks and the pedestrian path. Eventually they went for it and crossed the path. It looked super cute.

      We are happy we could finally see some penguins and it was certainly special but the whole thing about how we humans ruin and scare nature left a bit of a bad aftertaste.
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      Traveler

      Yay, a penguin! 🐧

      1/26/20Reply
      Traveler

      Yes we found one!

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    • Day11

      FindPenguins ... and we did

      December 29, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Nach Fruehstueck im Zimmer ging es los ins Zentrum von Dunedin. Schottland lässt grüßen! Der Einfluß ist in der Innenstadt deutlich zu sehen, sei es bei der St. Paul's Cathedral oder beim Bahnhof und vielen anderen Gebäuden ebenfalls.
      Dann ging es weiter über eine schöne Küstenstrasse mit einem guten Tipps der Kiwis 😂😂😂 nach Moeraki zu den Boldern, eine geologische Besonderheit vulkanischem Ursprungs. Eine nette Dame in Dunedin hat uns einen Tip zu Mittagessen gegeben, aber es war leider geschlossen, so dass wir auf unsere Brotzeit zurück greifen mussten.
      In Oamaru haben wir dann schnell unser Hotel bezogen, Wäsche gewaschen und dann ging es zum Abendessen in ein ausgezeichnetes Restaurant am Hafen, die moderne neuseeländische Küche ist sehr lecker😊😊.
      Und dann war es endlich so weit, wir sind zu den Pinguinen gegangen. Was für ein Schauspiel, über 130 little blue Penguins gingen an Land und zu ihren Nestern. Manche waren blitzschnell und andere wieder recht tollpatschig, aber alle ganz goldig anzusehen. Ganz zum Schluß war einer höchstens einen halben Meter von uns entfernt. Fotographieren war nicht erlaubt, aber da ein paar schon früh bei Tageslicht kamen, gibt es einen Schnappschuss👍👍.
      Morgen geht es dann auf Abenteuerfahrt...
      Etappe: Dunedin - Oamaru; 139 km
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      Traveler

      Ich kann keinen Pinguin entdecken 🤷‍♀️

      12/30/19Reply
      Traveler

      Musst Du genau hinschauen, links am Eck. Die Kerle sind ja auch nur 30-35 cm groß und blau🙄

      12/30/19Reply
      Traveler

      Wonderful

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    • Day26

      Oamaru

      February 22, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      I had to catch the southbound bus from Christchurch at 7:45 am, so another day of getting up very early; beautiful warm weather in Christchurch this morning. The coach went through the Canterbury planes, one of New Zealand largest agricultural areas. By the way, even though I still see a lot of cattle when sitting on the bus, the sheep certainly have taken the pole position by now😄Apparently, there are way more sheep on the South Island than on the North Island. The more south we came the worse got the weather. My today's destination was Oamaru about four hourss south of Christhurch at the Pacific Ocean. Well, it was raining quite a bit when we arrived there. Oamaru is mainly known for two things: its blue penguins and steampunk. Guess, why I wanted to come here🤔Furthermore, Oamaru has many Victorian buildings. When I arrived there, I immediately liked the city, even though the weather was so bad. I am glad to be here for two nights. My hostel is a small, a bit chaotic house with a strange, but nice "house mum" (Agra). There are seven beds in the dorm, where you normally would expect only four. The living room is very cosy, a good place four a rainy afternoon. Nevertheless, I also went for a little walk in the city and a cup of coffee in one of the nice cafés. The penguins only come once a day to the shore to feed their children and that's in the evening after 8:00 pm. I went with two of the girls staying in the same dorm for a beer in the local brewery and then we tried to find some penguins. If you want to go there, where most of them come to land you have to pay, but we decided not to do so. We were lucky, we saw three or four penguins. They are very cute😊The blue penguins are one of the smallest (or even the smallest?) penguins. Unfortunately, in the dark you can only guess that they are blue. Anyway, it was great to see them!😀We finished off the day with another beer in the brewery.Read more

      Hallo Michael! Deine Reiseberichte sind eine

      2/23/20Reply

      Hallo Michael! Deine Reiseberichte sind echt schön und interessant. Sie erinnern mich an meine Neuseelandreise dam. Keas hatten wir auf dem Parkplatz am Milford Sound im Fiordland NP gesehn, wo sie auf und zwischen den Autos rumgehüpft sind. Drück dir die Daumen dass du noch welche sehen wirst! Viele Grüße vom Bodensee, Martin

      2/23/20Reply

      Und natürlich noch ganz viel Spaß in NZ! Bin ausversehen immer zu früh auf die Entertaste gekommen 😉 Martin

      2/23/20Reply

      Ich bin begeistert was du alles erleben darfst.Ursula

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    • Day11

      Oamaru

      December 22, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Heute sind wir bis nach Oamaru gefahren.
      Viele der Gebäude im Stadtzentrum sind hier im viktorianischen Stil gestaltet und aus weißem Kalkstein gebaut.
      Außerdem haben wir uns noch das Steampunk Museum angeschaut.Read more

      Traveler

      Hallo ihr beiden. Was ist das, es sieht zauberhaft aus.

      12/23/20Reply
      Traveler

      Wenn man es genau nimmt, ist das ein ca. 4 Quadratmeter großer Raum voll mit Spiegeln und Lichtern. Aber viel schöner klingt "Das Portal" und wenn die Lichtshow startet, fühlt es sich wirklich fast so an als würde man in eine andere Welt reisen.

      12/24/20Reply
       
    • Day27

      Cape Wanbrow, Bushy Beach and penguins

      February 23, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      After a little break at the hostel I made my way up the hill to the Cape Wanbrow walkways from where you have an excellent view on Oamaru as well as the Pacific. I walked once around the cape and then continued to Bushy Beach, a place where you can find yellow-eyed penguins, that are actually rarer then the blue ones, if you are lucky. According to the tourist information there are currently only two birds coming to the beach every evening. Well, I was not lucky enough to see them, but the beach was nice anyway and there was a seal as well as some birds I could watch with my binoculars. Before 8 pm I went back to town and to the blue penguin colony. I had decided to go directly to the colony, the place where you have to pay to watch them. I do not regret it, it was worth it. It is something different, to see some sixty penguins coming to the shore in groups of about thirty birds than one or two outside the colony closer to town where we were the day before. They are really cute when they come on land and then try to make their way up through the rocks through their nests. They even had to transcend two "obstacles" - a seal as well as later on a shag were resting in the middle of their way up which scared the one or other penguin. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to take pictures at the colony. Seeing the penguins was a great end of the day, though.Read more

      Traveler

      Bin immer ganz aufgeregt,wenn ich Deine Bilder ansehe, als wäre ich dabei, liebe Grüße

      2/24/20Reply
       
    • Day29

      Oamaru - Bushy Beach

      November 19, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Nach einer netten Unterhaltung, mit der bayrischen Lodgebesitzerin und einer kurzen Verabschiedung von den Alpakas (waren etwas reserviert, die zwei Freunde) 🦙 , die gleich neben unserer Unterkunft weiden, fahren wir zum Bushy Beach (der heißt echt so und ein Schelm, wer jetzt an was anderes denkt 🤭). Dort soll man auch die berühmten Gelbaugenpinguine zu Gesicht bekommen.
      Jedoch vermuten wir, dass die kleinen Jäger bei Flut eher draußen im Meer sind und behalten recht, kein Pinguin weit und breit, dafür aber eine tolle Aussicht.
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      Traveler

      Schade...schüchterne Alpakas und verreiste Pinguine 🙁

      11/20/19Reply
       
    • May29

      Yellow-Eyed Penguins

      May 29, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Since travelling through the Catlins we have been looking for penguins. Isi read about a yellow-eyed penguin colony in Oamaru so we decided to try our luck there. Penguins leave their nests at dawn to go fishing and usually return anytime between two hours before sunset and sunset which was supposed to be at 5 pm. We went to the spot Isi read about at 3 pm. When we arrived we spotted a chinese golden pheasant. We ended up waiting for just under 2 hours in the cold and nearly walked off when Jake spoted a penguin in the water. We saw and heard two penguins swimming and waddling on the beach. Yellow-eyed penguins are one of the rarest penguins in the world 🐧Read more

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