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    • Day6

      Driving Through Central Otago

      May 5 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Today we had another early rise, which luckily works quite well for us because our jetlag has reset our clocks to wake up at about 7am, as we are doing a serious drive today from Dunedin through Central Otago to Queenstown.
      I'm starting the drive in Aaron's car (the other Subaru). It is a bit of adjusting because the windscreen wiper and the indicators are reversed (why), so in the beginning it happened quite often that I want to turn and the wipers start going. The roads are very different here, windy and fun but you have to keep an eye on your speed and staying in your lane because they are very sensitive about that here. The autumn colours combined with the blue sky make for an absolutely stunning view in every place we pass: the bridges in Millers Flat (where Aaron's dad used to holiday for Christmas (= summer) when he was young) and Alexandra, the hydro dams in Roxburgh and Clyde, the orchards in Cromwell as well as the remnants of the part of the city which was flooded for the Clyde dam. I have dotted those out on the map with some photo's separately.

      We arrived in Queenstown just in time for sunset, which was absolutely stunning, there is a lake, mountains, trees in beautiful autumn colours and harbour-style buildings. Our room has the best view in town, right over the end of the lake and one of the mooring spots, what more can one wish for!

      Vandaag stonden we weer vroeg op, wat gelukkig heel goed voor ons werkt omdat onze jetlag onze klokken heeft vervroegd om om ongeveer 7 uur 's ochtends wakker te worden, aangezien we vandaag een serieuze rit maken van Dunedin via Central Otago naar Queenstown.
      Ik start de rit in Aarons auto (de andere Subaru). Het is even aanpassen omdat de ruitenwisser en de richtingaanwijzers zijn omgekeerd (waarom?), dus in het begin kwam het nogal eens voor dat ik wil afslaan en de ruitenwissers beginnen te werken. De wegen zijn hier heel anders, met veel bochten en leuk maar je moet wel op je snelheid letten en op je rijstrook blijven want daar zijn ze hier heel gevoelig voor. De herfstkleuren in combinatie met de blauwe lucht zorgen voor een absoluut adembenemend uitzicht op elke plek die we passeren: de bruggen in Millers Flat (waar Aarons vader vroeger met Kerstmis (= zomer) op vakantie ging toen hij jong was) en Alexandra, de waterkrachtdammen in Roxburgh en Clyde, de boomgaarden in Cromwell en de overblijfselen van het deel van de stad dat onder water stond voor de Clyde-dam. Die heb ik op de kaart uitgestippeld met wat foto's apart.

      We kwamen net op tijd aan in Queenstown voor zonsondergang, die absoluut adembenemend was, er is een meer, bergen, bomen in prachtige herfstkleuren en gebouwen in havenstijl. Onze kamer heeft het beste uitzicht van de stad, precies aan het einde van het meer en een van de aanlegsteigers, wat wil een mens nog meer!
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      Fantastic pictures!!!!


      Is daar wel heel schoon landschap! Zeer leuke verslaggeving 👍👍👍 [Bart Dierckx]


      The other Subaru 🤣 [Ine]


      Lekker ijsje, Jan?!

    • Day130

      4x4 public holiday

      February 6, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Today was a public holiday in New Zealand. Pete and Cathers rounded up some friends to head off on a 4x4 journey. We had 4 cars all together.
      Each of us got stuck at one point or another, having to winch or pull each other out of the mud and bog.
      Jimmy had some panning equipment so we took a bit of time out to pan for gold. A few flecks around but no nuggets.
      Great fun!
      Got off the trail about 6.30 to head back to Wanaka. As it was our final night we got a slab of steak and had some fancy wine.
      Tomorrow we leave New Zealand 😫
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    • Day111

      Gibbston Valley Festival

      January 18, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Got a 9am bus down to the festival. Probably a good 10,000 people there. Saw Billy Idol, Smash Mouth and a few others. 8pm arrived very quickly and we were back on the bus before we knew it.
      Hannah seemed to have smuggled some extra booze in, as she was definitely feeling the most tipsy by the end of the day. Had a jolly good shoulder snooze on the way home.Read more

    • Day109

      Back to Wanaka

      January 16, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Drove past lake Wakatipu, through Queens town back to Wanaka. The drive was amazing, with stunning mirrow views over the lake. Had one moment when we thought we were going to run out of fuel, but the Mazda seems to keep on going on empty 😁.
      Met up with Cathers, went for a swim in the lake and some did some painting. The girls did some colouring in. Very cultured!
      Met up with Pete after he finished work and went to meet Sophie and Aubrey to try some lazer clay pigeon shooting. Great fun!
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    • Day110

      SUP, art and boating around Wanaka

      January 17, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      With Cathers free from work, we all got up for a 3 mile jog to collect the car from friends house.
      Then prepped lunch and SUPs and headed off for an adventure.
      We paddled to Ruby island which is in the middle of the Wakana lake. Great little place to swim and chill out. I did some painting whilst the Carhers and Hannah did some colouring in.
      The sun was baking so dipped in and out all day.
      We paddled back and met Pete back at the house.
      Then met up with some other friends Taylor and Sonia and went out on their boat for a swim and a fish. Soaked the girls with a few bomb shells.
      Ordered a few takeaway burgers and chilled out at home with some G and Ts. Great day!
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    • Day37

      Roaring meg

      October 1, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      Gestern und heute war ich das erste Mal Wildwasser fahren. Immernoch megaaaa geil, so wie früher.
      Hab all mein Equipment von meiner alten Schule geschnorrt und bin Mega happy damit.
      Hatte Montag einen trial run mit einem Freund und Dienstag ging los mit der Kanupolo Crew aus Alex mit der ich trainiere :)Read more

    • Day16

      Dunstan Trail

      February 13 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      BIG day - the planned ride on the Dunstan Trail. We've moved our booking twice and I think we confused them. We were supposed to leave from the Heritage Precinct in Cromwell but they took us to Smiths Way - that's an extra 16km to ride. It was cool but fine and not too windy. There were quite a few people doing it too. It's not a rail trail - you need to be confident on narrow trails with no outside barrier in places and a long way to fall if you go over the edge. Parts of it were really steep too - Cairnmuir Ladder goes from the coffee boat at lake level up a vertical 324m by winding up a steep rock face.No photos of that - Karin had given the order to just go until we got to the top. She didn't want to meet anyone coming the other way. Have a look on YouTube- there are good videos of the trail on there.
      We arrived in Clyde after 58km both feeling pretty fresh after just under 4 hours. Just as well really - the Alexandra pool closed at 5 pm tonight so no spa for us tonight. Great ride!
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      Omg you guys are mad [Linda]


      Omg!!!!! [Linda]

    • Day73


      January 18, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Anna (Andrea’s Freundin aus Österreich) und ihr Freund Sam leben schon länger hier in Wanaka und nahmen uns heute mit nach Cardrona. Dieses Schigebiet könnte man mit dem Kasberg vergleichen, nur ist die 14km lange Zufahrtsstrasse nicht asphaltiert und somit schon mal ein riesen Spaß! 🚌💨
      Oben borgten wir uns dann die Bikes samt Protektoren aus und starteten in einen mega coolen Downhill Tag:
      Perfekte Strecken, Traumwetter, kaum Leute, gutes Essen, keine Stürze - genialer gehts nicht!😀😀

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    • Day81

      Fresh Powder Day ❄️🏂❄️

      June 28 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ -2 °C

      When we drove up the mountain to the skifield it was white everywhere! Yesterday's rain in the valley was indeed a fresh pack of snow on the mountain!! Yessss 😁! But first, we needed to drive up on a snowy road and we had our fingers crossed we didn't had to put snowchains on. But with our 4wd we were good, and without any trouble we arrived!

      The boys loved their skilesson in the morning, skiing through the fresh snow and jumping over the bumbs. At the end of the lesson, they were having a snowball fight and snowplay, and they loved it! (Pffew, after all those years of Sydney climate!) Whilst the boys had their ski lesson Guido and me spend the morning doing non stop powder runs on our snowboards!! What a feeling! Except for freezing in the chairlift, but that you'll quickly forget, especially when later the sun came out 🌞.
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      Ziet er prachtig, maar wel ijskoud uit! 🥶 Have fun!


      Jullie zijn t nog niet verleerd!

    • Day97

      OK, dann eben Hüttentag...

      February 4, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      Um 4h nachts fing der Regen an. Es schüttete aus Eimern und hörte nicht auf. Selbst der Frühaufsteher lag um 8h noch in seinem Schlafsack und rührte sich nicht. Das Wetter müssen wir wohl heute aussitzen ...
      Die Hütte ist hell und schön und eigentlich für 12 Leute gedacht, hier kann man es aushalten.

      Ich habe Zeit zum Lesen, auch gut. Das Buch über die KI ("2062") habe ich durch. Es hat einige interessante Denkanstöße gebracht.
      Nun beginne ich "Geht doch!" von Uli Hauser. Das passt ganz gut zu meiner Wanderung 😉. Er schlendert von Hamburg nach Rom und philosophiert über das Draussensein und Wandern und Wohlfühlen...

      Und es regnet , regnet, regnet... 🌧️🌧️🌧️

      Das Minibächlein neben der Hütte ist über seine Ufer getreten und strömt jetzt richtig. Das verspricht nasse Füsse gleich morgen früh. Um 17h wird es etwas heller. Um 18h regnet es weiter... Dazwischen lagen Kaffee, lesen, Mittag inkl. - schlaf, lesen, Kaffee, usw.

      Hoffentlich geht es morgen weiter. Es sind 10h bis zum nächsten Ort, Arrowtown. Auf dem Weg liegt Macetown, ein historischer Goldgräberort, wo heute keiner mehr wohnt und zahlreiche Flussquerungen. Mal sehen, was das wird...

      P.S. Später stellte sich heraus, daß der Regen in der Umgebung ziemliche Verwüstungen angerichtet hat. Es war einfach zu viel Wasser in zu kurzer Zeit...
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      Kann es weiter " gehen" oder gibt es Überschwemmung ? Alles Gute und Liebe 💗


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