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Driving Creek

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  • Day265

    Coromandel

    March 3, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Zuerst geht es vollbepackt zur Autovermietung, um unser erstaunlich preisgünstiges Schmuckstück für die nächsten Wochen abzuholen. Die gute Nachricht: Falls uns ein kleines Missgeschick passieren sollte, wird das wohl kaum auffallen. Zudem ist das Auto angenehm groß, sodass unsere Rucksäcke ohne Probleme Platz finden. Die schlechte Nachricht: Die Mittelkonsole ist komplett auf japanisch und wir verstehen leider nichts. Ansonsten fühlen wir uns unabhängig voneinander an ein "Opa-Auto" erinnert, vielleicht wegen des Holzdekors und den Polstersitzen. Super lustig!👨🏼‍🦳🚗

    Naja, fahren tut es jedenfalls und so setzen wir uns Richtung Coromandel-Halbinsel in Bewegung. Nachdem wir die Stadt und die größeren Straßen hinter uns gelassen haben, erinnern wir uns wieder daran, dass die neuseeländischen Straßen gerne mal sehr kurvenreich an der Küste oder durch die hügelige Landschaft führen. Ein Paradies für Hobby-Rennfahrer und Motorradfahrer, von denen wir auch einige zu sehen bekommen.

    An der Westküste der Halbinsel kommen wir durch einige hübsche Orte direkt am Wasser. In der Nähe des Ortes Coromandel betätigen wir uns schließlich auch ein wenig zu Fuß und erklimmen einen Aussichtspunkt, der einen schönen Blick auf die unter uns liegende Bucht eröffnet. Natürlich erst, nachdem wir fälschlicherweise eine Viertelstunde einen verlassenen Pfad in den Regenwald Neuseelands eingeschlagen haben... Mal im Ernst, es ist erstaunlich geräuschvoll und unheimlich hier. Nur zu gut, dass es von der Tierwelt her das komplette Gegenteil zu Australien 🕷🐍 ist und wir somit nicht viel zu befürchten haben. Und auch größere Raubkatzen 🐆oder Bären 🐻 sollten hier zum Glück eher nicht vorkommen.

    Letztlich landen wir auf der Ostseite der Halbinsel in Whitianga, was größer ist als wir erwartet hatten. Wir buchen direkt eine zusätzliche Nacht in einem schönen Hostel im WG-Stil und machen uns morgen auf zur weiteren Erkundung der Gegend.
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  • Day29

    Coromandel und Driving Creek Railway

    March 8, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Sind heute nach Coromandel auf die andere Seite der Peninsula gefahren. Dort haben wir eine Fahrt mit der DC Railway gemacht und sind zum Eyefull-Tower😉 gefahren. Die tolle Geschichte der in über 30 Jahre erbauten Anlage findet ihr hier:
    https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driving_Creek_Railway
    Nachdem wir wieder in Coromandel waren fing es dann doch noch an zu regnen, so dass wir uns wieder auf die Ostseite der Halbinsel begeben haben.
    Mittags Fish und Chips.
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  • Day177

    Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

    June 23 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Ein gewisser Barry Brickell hatte keine Lust mehr auf sein Dasein als Lehrer. Stattdessen kaufte er 1961 ein Stück Land in Coromandel und folgte seiner Leidenschaft des Töpferns. Außerdem errichtete er eine Eisenbahnstrecke um den Lehm zu transportieren. Irgendwann wollte die Bank ihre Kredite zurück haben und es entstand die Idee, mit der Bahn Touristen zu befördern. Das war bald auch deutlich lukrativer als das Töpfern. Letzes Jahr wurden 50.000 Touris kutschiert! Man fährt durch den dichten Buch, über Brücken, durch Tunnel und sieht Töpferarbeiten am Schienenrand. Am Ende der Strecke gibt es einen Aussichtsturm der, was ich am besten finde, Eyefull Tower heißt ;-) Es ist alles ganz charmant und niedlich.Read more

  • Day139

    Driving Creek Railway

    June 29, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Die Fahrt mit der Schmalspurbahn dauert etwa eine Stunde und es geht 173 Höhenmeter bergauf. Ursprünglich wurde die Bahn von einem Kiwi gebaut um Tonerde und Gold aus der Miene ins Tal zu transportieren. Heute werden, zusätzlich zum Ton, auch noch Menschen den Berg hinaufgefahren. Ein sehr sehr beeindruckendes Lebenswerk des Kiwis, der diese Bahn gebaut hat! Leider hat das Wetter an diesem Tag eine gute Fernsicht auf die Insel Waiheke verhindert.Read more

  • Day11

    Coromandel & the Driving Creek Railway

    November 11, 2013 in New Zealand

    Coromandel, Waikato, New Zealand
    Monday, November 11, 2013

    Monday 11 November

    Today dawned fine and clear and we started our day with a walk on a deserted beach at St Martins Bay which would lift the spirits of the grumpiest soul. We drove down to the Coromandel Peninsula arriving at lunchtime, stopping for a bite to eat at a lovely garden centre at Thames. The sun continued to shine whilst we drove up the Pacific Coast Highway, on the east coast of the Peninsula. The scenery was spectacular, I have included the odd photo to give an idea, but in truth no photo would do it justice. All you flower arrangers out there, the driftwood was mouth wateringly tempting. It was scattered everywhere, but fitting it into a suitcase could be challenging! Clinging to the rocks at every conceivable angle were Pohutukawa trees. Known as the New Zealand Christmas tree, they are just coming into bloom, with their showy red bottle brush flowers. In a week or so the whole coastline will be aflame until Christmas and beyond, hence the name. Wild nasturtiums clothe the banks creating a riot of colour, interspersed by giant phormium tenax, throwing up their gigantic flower spikes. It was a thrilling drive, starting off hugging the shoreline for miles, eventually climbing higher and higher until the views over the coastline and sea with it's Islands took the breath away.
    Our trip this afternoon was to the Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, just north of Coromandel. Sounds a bit odd? It was a revelation and an inspirational afternoon. The sun shone and we arrived at this higgledy piggedly group of buildings, set out vaguely like a railway station. (Peter T this is for you) The whole site, which is several acres, was bought by a potter called Barry Brickell in the 70s, to enable him to extract the good quality clay for potting and to establish a pottery workshop for himself and fellow artists. He is a something of an icon in these parts, both as an artist, railway enthusiast and conservationist. The land had been cleared of its original Kauri forest in the 1800s and laid waste by subsequent subsistence farmers. He set about building a short railway to convey the clay down the mountainous terrain for the pottery and it grew and grew. It now takes 1 hr to travel through the regenerated kauri forest (all his own work) and the track incorporates 2 spirals, 3 short tunnels, 5 reversing points & several large viaducts. Every inch of track has been hand built and laid by Barry himself, in between earning himself a more than justified high reputation as a potter. The final terminus is The Eyefull Tower, yes, I'm not joking and the 360 degree panoramic views are fantastic! particularly today with the sun bouncing off the sparkling blue waters and the lush greens of the tree ferns, which clothe the hillside, together with replanted young Kauri , pittosporum and so on.
    A variety of pots decorate the whole site, hand-made clay tiles line the tunnels, and embankments are built up with empty glass bottles, of which there is apparently no shortage (plenty of parties thrown as well as pots!). This incredible man, a native New Zealander, with a zest for life that humbles one, has achieved all this virtually single handed and at 78 still climbs up to the Eyefull Tower 2 or 3 times a week to read the visitor book and check all is well. He has taken no money from the project beyond essential expenses and intends to will the whole enterprise to the Nation on his death, for the conservation side of his amazing life long project to continue into the future. I asked Pete, the train driver, if Mr Brickell is married, thinking to myself, that his wife must be a remarkable person to cope with several all consuming passions beyond herself! The answer was fired back instantly ' Of course not, if he had been, the furthest he would have got up that mountain was putting out the bins!'
    We are staying in Coromandel town tonight, which is delightful and had a terrific seafood meal at the Peppertree restaurant. The local oysters are certainly to be recommended!
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  • Day12

    Coromandel Peninsula

    November 12, 2013 in New Zealand

    Coromandel, Waikato, New Zealand
    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    Tuesday 12 November

    Thankfully for us and the blog, a quiet day today. We drove up over the top of the Coromandel Peninsula (well I did actually) to yet more stunning views and descended to the west coast, which is a limestone bedrock, making for beautiful cliffs and formations. Whitianga was a great stop for lunch and the ferry to Cook Island well worth the 5$ return. We walked across the Island (only small ) and sat on a beautiful deserted beach in the sun with the surf rolling rhythmically on to the shore. Two oystercatchers were feeding at the waterline, dashing backwards and forwards to avoid the waves and catch the little molluscs disturbed by the sea. It was warm, secluded and delightful and it was an effort to move on! We trickled our way down the coast, each bay/cove seemingly more enchanting than the next, until arriving at our destination for the night. Taiura, is a small town hugging the coast with a high hill boasting fantastic views over the area as you will see from the photos posted. Tomorrow we move on to Rotorua and a stay of 2 nights, which will be a luxury after 3 one night stops. Selina, this for you! We came across a Kiwi Experience coach today at Cathedral Cove and thought of you! Happy memories!!Read more

  • Day13

    The Kiwi Experience

    November 13, 2013 in New Zealand

    Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    Wednesday 13 November

    A good trip to Rotorua, stopping at Waihi, an old mining town that still has an operating open cast gold mine. It is a BIG hole, (see pics ). Devon Merry Mystery Tourers eat your heart out. You want mining, this is it and the end result is so pretty! Interestingly, there is also the remains of a Cornish pumping tower on site, that used to pump 7000 gallons of water out per hour, in the 1800s.
    Lunch was taken harbour-side at Tauranga. Geraldine and I hovered over Safe Sex on the Beach, but decided it was far too chilly and settled on a Naked Grape! Before you think this trip has turned our heads, be assured, they are Mocktails!! Whilst on the subject of drink, we have taken the grape aspect of our trip very seriously and are trying out a different variety nightly. Our favourite so far has been a Villa Maria Sauvignon Southern Clay, but Napier looms and I expect it to have a run for it's money there. We arrived here at Rotorua late afternoon and are just a block from one of the geo thermal areas. A faint wiff of hydrogen sulphide lingers on the air and we have many physical geographical features to cover over the next couple of days. Tonight we visited a Maori village for a traditional hangi meal. The meat is cooked in traditional manner over hot coals buried under ground. It was very tasty and tender, accompanied by various salads, garlic bread and gravy(?!), the like of which have never graced an authentic Maori banana leaf I suspect. It certainly beat hands down the meal on the harbour at Hong Kong so that's a mighty plus. It was a good evening, but not a patch on the the Maori performance at Waitangi with Chief Peter earlier in the week, but then what could top that?
    In seriousness the highlight of the evening for us was the true Kiwi Experience. We were led through the bush to a series of large enclosures in the hope of seeing a live Kiwi, NZs national symbol. It is a strange but haunting flightless bird, that is almost mammal like and snuffles around in the undergrowth for its food. These are a small group of captive birds, part of a study programme that will not be able to be released into the wild. To our joy we saw 3 and for me, it sealed a perfect day.
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  • Day20

    Whangapoua Road - was für eine Aussicht!

    February 28, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Unser heutiger Weg führt von Coromandel Town via Whangapoua Road nach - Überraschung - Whangapoua! Da ist man unterwegs im grünen Nirgendwo... und die Aussicht ist einfach fantastisch!

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