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  • Day184

    Exploring New Plymouth & Drive to Raglan

    July 12, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Unfortunately we woke up to another grey rainy day but we didn't let it ruin our plans. We first drove to Te Rewa Rewa Bridge. We were hoping the clouds will clear so we get a beautiful view of Mount Taranaki. Unfortunately we couldn't see it again but it was an interesting bridge to walk across. It looked like a breaking wave or a whale skeleton.

    Next we went to Pukerua Park. It had a beautiful waterfall, large lakes, fountains and bright red bridges. We walked through beautiful gardens.

    After this we went to Puke Ariki Museum. We learnt about the history of Taranaki life and the nature here in Taranaki. We then had lunch and drove to Raglan. It was a stunning costal drive there. We arrived in the evening and checked in to Raglan Backpackers. We have our own 3 bed dorm. It seems very relaxed here by the harbour with hammocks outside our room, jacuzzi and small sauna. It's also got a lounge with a fireplace. It's a very relaxed vibe here.
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  • Day1

    New Plymouth, NZ

    June 5, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    NZ unlocked.

    The borders are closed, our trip to Europe is cancelled and our planned transition to employment in New Zealand is currently intransiable (ish). What better time to explore our backyard?

    Cat and I are back on the road and we're headed south. We'll be juggling part time jobs, hikes, bikes and bars with some excessive driving distances in the recently acquired Nissan 'Johnny' Qashqai. No, Cat hasn't validated my nickname for our new vehicle, and I'm sure you'll side with her but Johnny Cash is no doubt with me on this one. We've got no bookings, a half baked plan and tickets to ski Coronet peak. Rather unprepared but I did bring a sleeping bag. Suggestions welcome!

    Torrential rain greeted our departure from state highway 1 and followed us on and off to the coast. The clouds eased late in the afternoon in the nick of time for a spectacular view of Mt Taranaki in the setting sun. Lucky us. A few minutes later we rolled into New Plymouth, greeted by local residents Joe and Vanessa and their two boys Arthur (2) and Charlie (8mo).

    Joe and co put us up in their spalacial (yes - the spacious version of palacial) home, and we caught up on many years past with a few beers and a few more rosés.

    Joe and Ness showed us the sights - the waterfront, the wind wand, town, and the local bunnings - but the long and thorough catch ups were the raison d'etre. So good to see they've found their feet and started the family...knowing the Carey's, I'd wager this might be just the start!

    Lunch on Saturday was at Mikes beer garden, where for the first time in a while, I wasn't the biggest grub at the table (thanks Art).

    Major, Cat's great uncle was our final stop on the way out of town. Yes, his name is no longer legal for all you sharp eared pregnant couples. A quick catch up and a well prepared flick through four of the 27 photo albums was all we had time for, before hitting the road to Welly. We're eager to get our hands on Major's memoirs - not just for piecing together the blur of a visit but also to compare with Grandjack's. Cat's copy is in Dargs. We're coming for ya Shirley!

    Cat took my dozy self the whole way to Welly with the aid of some rather terrible podcasts (The scrubs one - never heard such meaningless waffle in my life zzzz). It was raining upwards when we arrived and Anny and Dave had the house warmed up and the lamb on the table as we dripped into their appartment near Cuba St. Spoilt huh?!

    In the essence of keeping good records:
    Covid19 status: Level 2 with 12 days of zero case in NZ.
    Noticeable effect: Cat's hands are sore from repetitive sanitizing. My hands are sore from not writing my contact details in every store. Not.
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  • Day153

    Mt. Taranaki / New Plymouth

    February 27, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    On my way down from Auckland to the South Island I made a quick stop in New Plymouth to climt Mt. Taranaki. Unfortunately this mountain is very tricky, as weather changes so quickly on top. I went halfway up and it got so foggy that I had to turn around cause I was afraid Id get lost... So all days were beautiful in New Plymouth, I rented a bike, drove along the coast, went shopping and sat in many Cafés...but everytime I looked up to that mountain, there was this stupid cloud. 🗻Read more

  • May17

    New Plymouth

    May 17, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    After four and half hours of driving we have arrived at New Plymouth! About to go out and explore this coastal town.....
    Some pics of the waterfront notice the lack of sand all the beaches have been rocky!

    This is the cheapest petrol ⛽️ we have seen today and the dearest was $2.24L
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  • Day121

    New Plymouth

    January 13, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Nächster Stop: New Plymouth! Um uns ein bisschen von der Autofahrt zu erholen, ging es erstmal kurz die Küste entlang. Danach sind wir in den Pukekura Park gegangen, wo es einen Wasserfall, einen See und einen kostenlosen Zoo gab, hatten aber leider nur noch 5 Minuten Zeit weil er um 5 geschlossen hat :)Read more

  • Day17

    New Plymouth, Taranaki

    October 29, 2014 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Davame hlavnimu mestu oblasti Taranaki druhou sanci. Nejdriv prochazka k Taranaki Cathedral, nejstarsimu kamennemu NZ kostelu a zaroven nejmladsi katedrale, pak od excentrickeho kinetickeho dila Wind Wand po Coastal Walkway az k pristavu a zase zpatky a nakonec svaca u Te Rewa Rewa bridge. To vse za slunicka a teplicka ;-).Read more

  • Day227

    New Plymouth

    December 1, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Freitag Abend geht es los Richtung New Plymouth.
    Wir übernachten in einem total süßen Airbnb in Te Awamutu und fahren Samstag Morgens dann weiter nochmal 3 Stunden bis wir ankommen.
    Wir sehen die Santa Claus Parade in der Stadt und fahren zum Puriki Rock wo wir eine schöne Aussicht auf den Strand und die Stadt haben.
    Normalerweise könnte man auch Mount Taranaki gut sehen, aber leider ist es bewölkt und regnerisch sodass wir nichts von dem Berg sehen.
    Später laufen wir noch am Strand entlang zur Te Rewa Rewa Bridge. Die ist gebaut wie ein Walskelett und ziemlich berühmt in New Plymouth.
    Die Nacht verbringen Julia, Tabea, Kim, Anouk und ich im Ariki Backpacker Hostel und nachdem wir Erik kennengelernt haben und er uns das Kartenspiel Attack beigebracht hat gehen Anouk und ich noch tanzen in einer Bar. Schlafen können wir sowieso nicht weil die Musik so laut ist dass das ganze Hostel wach ist.😂
    Sonntags fahren wir dann zum Lake Mangamahoe und zur Kent Road, wo man normalerweise eine tolle Aussicht auf Mount Taranaki haben soll, leider verdecken die Wolken wieder einmal alles..
    Auf dem Rückweg halten wir noch bei den 3 Sisters Rock Formations und dem Elephant Rock.
    Wie auf den Bilder zusehen sieht der riesige Felsen aus wie ein Elefant. Aber, und das finden wir erst später raus, der eigentliche Elephant Rock ist 2017 durch Flut und Ebbe zerstört worden und existiert garnicht mehr in seiner eigentlichen Form.
    Im Regen rennen wir dann zurück zum Auto und gönnen uns bevor wir heimfahren noch eine Runde Burgerfuel.
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  • Day11

    New Plymouth

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

    The largest town in Taranaki, New Plymouth, is a popular destination from Stratford in the summer because it has a beach, near the port. Ngamotu Beach--like all those around Taranaki--is a black sand beach. Nga motu means "the islands" in Maori and there are several islands just offshore, formed by the same volcanic activity that formed Mt. Taranaki. For many years, oil was pumped from beneath the beach.

    Puke Ariki is a state-of-the-art museum of natural history and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, with its recently acquired reflective skin, has an eclectic collection of contemporary NZ art. The plants growing round the tree outside the gallery are their own art!

    New Plymouth also had a power station that used natural gas and fuel oil to generate electricity. The chimney stack and buildings are still there, but it is no longer in operation.
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  • Day79

    New Plymouth

    December 24, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Reaching our Christmas quarter at an Auto Lodge a little bit out of town but still in walking distance to the ocean waterfront we mainly relaxed and been happy to made it safely today there.

    Later on that day we then walked also a little bit down the waterfront and back up through downtown.Read more

  • Day88

    Gyfawkes Night

    November 5, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Am späten Nachmittag am Samstag bin ich in New Plymouth angekommen. Die Stadt ist, was die Infrastruktur angeht, etwas kompliziert und Parkmöglichkeiten sind eher rar. Deswegen und weil ich Hunger hatte bin ich erstmal zu McDonalds. Bin dort mit einem Mann am Nachbartisch ins Gespräch gekommen, der mit seinen zwei Kindern da war. Er hat mir dann angeboten, dass ich bei ihm auf der Couch schlafen kann, was ich dankend angenommen habe. ☺
    Da am 5.11. Gyfawkes Day ist sind wir dann noch zum Strand gefahren und haben ein kleines Feuerwerk gemacht 😊
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