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  • Day460

    Bruce had recently been in contact and recommended we visited Shanty Town when he discovered we are now on the West Coast. It's a replica gold mining town that gives you an insight into the lives of the people who worked and lived in these pop up towns. We set off early from our freedom camping spot and were one of the first ones to arrive to the attraction. As we entered so did a group of young school children all wearing high vis jackets who looked adorable when we saw them later on dressed up in old fashioned clothing. We were quickly ushered through to make it on board the next steam train ride. Because of maintenance work we weren't able to go to the full journey but we felt we didn't really need to. The ride itself was relatively boring but afterwards the driver invited Nick and I to have a look at the engine which was more interesting. Turns out the engine was made around the corner from Temple Meads station back home in Bristol. Only 3 were brought over to New Zealand and they recently spent $200,000 keeping this one going. He was very passionate about it so it was nice to talk to him and have this one on one experience. We walked around all the different buildings learning about the history of the gold mining in this area and seeing items from this time period. We watched a video that showed the darker side to gold mining and told the tale of a band of men who killed people in the bush in hopes of taking their gold. I think Nick's favourite part was getting to be a "real" fire fighter on a model fire truck. They also had a couple of original buildings that have since been moved to the site, this included a beautiful church although we couldn't stay inside it for long because of such a strong smell of airfreshner. Nick's been wanting to try panning for gold so we paid for him to be able to give this a try. It wasn't quite what we expected because the gold had been placed into the dirt to guarantee you'll get some but at least he got to try the technique. We also got to see a demonstration of a dredge gun that was used in the area to blast the bottoms of rivers to lift out the gold and wash it downstream where it was caught in wooden slats. The demos only usually run at 2 times of the day but after talking for a long time to the guy who did the gold panning with us he offered to put it on for us which was very kind of him. It was incredibly powerful but completely destroyed the landscape so you can see why they weren't used for long. They also had a section on timber and explained how New Zealand was seen by early settlers to have a never ending supply of timber. It took them 40 odd years of intense logging to realise even the introduced trees that had been brought into to the country were not growing back at the same rate as they were being cut down at. A shocking fact we read said that the West Coast only makes up 8% of the land mass of New Zealand but after this 40 years of logging by the end of this period it contained over half of the country's native trees and forest. That just blew my mind and really put into perspective how intensely New Zealand's trees were logged. As you drive the West Coast seeing these beautiful rainforests makes you feel quite pleased that they didn't really log this area. After we'd explored everywhere we carried on driving north and arrived in Greymouth where we are staying the night. The wind and rain is so strong tonight and we've had to move the van around twice to make sure we are facing the wind and that the leaky window is mainly out of the rain. It's meant to ease later so hopefully we won't blow away!Read more

  • Day102

    NZ South - Greymouth

    October 24, 2016 in New Zealand

    Nach dem Tanken stellten wir dann fest, dass hier in Greymouth gerade ein Straßenrennen stattfand. Durch die abgesperrte Innenstadt fuhren ca. 20 Motorräder wie die bekloppten um die Kurven.

    Da das Rennen sich dem Ende näherte durften wir ohne Eintrittsgeld in die Innenstadt und uns das die Rennfahrer ansehen.

  • Day244


    April 10, 2017 in New Zealand

    Der perfekte Abend?
    --> einen wunderschönen Sonnenuntergang am Strand genießen (und mal wieder viel zu viele Bilder machen 😂😉)
    --> Im Whirlpool auf dem Campingplatz entspannen
    --> mit coolen Kanadiern unterhalten
    --> das unbegrenzte Wifi nutzen und Serien streamen 😜

  • Day45


    March 22, 2017 in New Zealand

    Unser Stellplatz in Greymouth mit Blick aufs Meer.
    In Greymouth waren wir noch in der Monteith's Brauerei und haben ein paar Bier probiert.
    Und noch ein paar Bilder vom Weg nach Westport.

  • Day55


    October 29, 2017 in New Zealand

    We left Hokitika after a late breakfast at Stellas and drove the 30 mins to Greymouth - very grey and very dead on a Sunday! We dropped the car, signed in luggage at the station and then tried to find something to do - so coffee, sit, wander around the local market, sit, walk along the warf, have lunch, sit and finally boarding time at 13.50! We should have stayed longer in Hokitika as there was absolutely NOTHING to do in Greymouth!!!
    The Trans Alpine is one of the world's great train journeys, transversing the Southern alps between Greymouth and Christchurch from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean, passing through Arthur's pass national Park. En route is a sequence of dramatic landscapes, from a lake fringed with cabbage trees, beech-forested river valleys, an 8.5 km tunnel ( where you are in the dark with no connections and no card machine only cash to pay at the cafe car), over via ducts and through smaller tunnels, through narrow alpine gorges and then finally to the flat, alluvial planes of Canterbury. Stops were made at a few place to pick up passengers and drop people off, the main one being Arthur's Pass, 737 metres above sea level. The 4 hr 30 mins journey is unforgettable - even though it was grey in Greymouth the sun soon came out and continued for the rest of the journey.
    We arrived in Christchurch about 6.30 pm and shared a shuttle bus with a number of fellow travellers. Again our driver was a character who hailed us with information stories and anecdotes while trying to negotiate the ever changing roadworks to the various drop-off points - we saw other areas and art works in the town that we hadn't seen on our first visit!
    Eventually arriving at the hotel at 7.00 pm, we booked in, booked a table for dinner at 7.30 pm and Trev did his back in having a shower! Just made the dinner booking and then worried if he'd be able to get out of bed in the morning for our early start at the airport!
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  • Day51

    Time for Dinner

    December 19, 2016 in New Zealand

    Da Mirco und Ich uns dagegen entschieden haben nach Kaikoura zu fahren, fuhren wir also weiter der Westküste entlang. Zum Glück blieb das Wetter bei Sonnenschein so dass als wir in Greymouth angekommen sind, wir die Stadt hätten angucken können – wenn es nicht schon 18 Uhr gewesen wäre. Also war die gute Laune über das gute Wetter doch schneller Weg als gedacht – weil nur der Supermarkt blieb.

    Nach dem Einkauf hatten wir erstmal Hunger und stellten uns ans Wasser, in der Hoffnung Delfine zu sehen – leider, wieder keine! Aber es gibt hier in Neuseeland noch genügend andere Möglichkeiten. Zusammen entschieden wir dann hier in Greymouth für heute zu bleiben, um nicht die Strecke nach Nelson abzurasen, da wir eh erst am 23.12. dort sein müssen. Wir haben unsere Wanderung im Abel Tasman National Park nun auch vom 27. Dezember auf den 22. Dezember verlegt – damit wir am 29. Dezember die Fähre rüber auf die Nordinsel nach Wellington nehmen können. Für die Fähre haben wir zu zweit und einem Auto 150 Euro bezahlt. Auch ein stolzer Preis, aber da hier gerade Sommerferien und Hauptsaion ist – verständlich. Somit steht nun für uns fest, dass wir bald die Reise auf der Südinsel beenden werden und Silvester dann in Wellington, der Hauptstadt von Neuseeland verbringen werden. Zudem hoffen wir das sich dann jemand wegen eines Jobs zurück meldet und es endlich losgehen kann – unsere Working Holidays.
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  • Day230

    02.05; see you never (again)

    May 2, 2016 in New Zealand

    Der Abschied heute morgen viel dann wieder sehr schwer, obwohl wir uns allen versproxhen haben dass wir uns irgendwie irgendwo nochmal sehen (also Urlaub in Polen nächsten Sommer). Ich bin schon früh los weil ich Craig nicht begegnen wollte und habe mich auf nach wanaka gemacht. Auf dem weg hab ich ne hitchhikerin eingesammelt... Eine schottin! Die Ethnologie studiert hat! Super cool, super lieb, ich wünschte die wäre noch länger bei mir geblieben, weil ich heute doch ein bisschen sehr viel mehr gefahren bin als geplant war. Nach wanaka wollte ich zum robs Roy glacier aber : regen. Also auf an die westcoast, dort: noch viel mehr regen. Also fox glacier, nach 10 Minuten wandern muss ich feststellen dass ich nass bin wie nie und man sowieso nix sieht weil es so neblig ist. Franz Josef: direkt übersprungen. Und dann bin ich gefahren und gefahren, ohne Pause. Und am Ende hatte ich so Hunger dass ich mir in greymouth ne pizza geholt hab, dann hab ich nach campgrounds geguckt und den perfekten gefunden: nur 5$ mit dusche, Waschmaschine und Küche. Blöd nur dass ich mich volle Möhre verfahren hab. Draußen war es jetzt schon stockenduster und ich war irgendwo im nirgendwo. Also hab ich mir nen neuen campground gesucht..... Nach 1 stunder durch den Wald fahren, die Straße war vor lauter regen schon zum einem Fluss geworden, Bäume lagen teilweise auf der Straße, kein Zeichen von Zivilisation ABER EIN KIWI!!!!, bin ich dann umgedreht. Und wieder ein neuen campground suchen, den hab ich aber sofort gefunden (30 Minuten fahrt) und liege jetzt eingekuschelt im auto.Read more

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