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  • Day51

    Lunch in the rich people's garden

    December 27, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We woke up to beautiful blue sky and a view of a very nice beach and some picturesque rocks with the typical diverse New Zealand plants. Making it a good habit, we had breakfast at a bench at the beach before getting ready to drive off for another road trip day in Northland. While driving, we saw two chickens cross the road. We still haven't figured out why they did that.

    Out first stop was in Oakura. We read about a possible short walk to the end of a peninsula with nice views. Unfortunately that was again only possible at low tide and we didn't want to wait that long. The beach there was still good enough for an enjoyable short walk.

    Some viewpoint stops later we got hungry for lunch. Finding the perfect lunch spot was a difficult one but we are confident to say that we found it at Jacks Bay. We weren't quite sure if it was private or public but stayed anyways as it looked just too perfect with 4 chairs facing a perfect bay with nice boats, blue water and an empty beach in front. Right behind us there were some enormous gardens and expensive houses. We were just heading back to our car and while still joking about that this is our holiday mansion, we heard a helicopter landing right where we were having lunch just minutes before. Turns out the place didn't just look expensive but apparently is wealthy enough to afford private helicopters as well.

    Our next stop was the peninsula of Russell. At the very top we went for a walk up a small mountain to Tapeka Point to have a nice view over the famous Bay of Islands. It was all so nice, Machiel had a hard time asking himself why he was born in the wrong country. While being known for not being a fan of beaches, he actually realized he wanted one of these New Zealand beach houses with huge windows and terraces facing one of the thousand bays.

    It got later so we unfortunately had to drive further. We managed to get some cash without transaction fees, so we felt very lucky. Then we got even luckier with the ferry we wanted to take from Okiato to Opua to shorten the way. Arriving at the harbour, we saw the ferry full with cars, looking ready to leave. There was a STOP sign and we stopped for it, unsure what to do without further instructions. The car behind us then thought 'what are these tourists doing?', drove around us and onto the ferry. We followed them and when we parked the car, the ferry was already moving.

    A short ride later we arrived just south of Kerikeri at a camping with very soft grass. Before having a delicious wrap dinner, we needed to get some fresh vegetables. This was an excellent opportunity for Susanne to get nostalgic as she spend several weeks in Kerikeri 10 years ago. Visiting the former Kerikeri Farm Hostel was nice and weird at the same time. The main building still looked the same with its orange trees all around that Susanne was treating when working here for a few days back then.

    When going to bed later in the evening we discovered a sandfly problem. Hundreds of them were around our tent trying to get in, and when we went in at least 50 or so of them managed to join us.
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  • Day4


    December 24, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    The second Destination today was Paihia.
    A small town located in the inner Bay of Islands, in the northern end of the North Island.
    Definitely a bit odd to have 25 degrees on Christmas Eve! We had a really yummy dinner sitting outside, next to the sea and listened to Christmas songs 🎅🏻🎄🛷 hope everyone is having a nice Christmas Eve!

    Das zweite Ziel am heutigen Tag war Paihia.
    Paihia ist eine kleine Stadt in der Bay of Islands der Region Northland auf der Nordinsel von Neuseeland.

    Es war sehr ungewohnt heilig Abend bei 25 Grad zu verbringen. Beim sehr leckeren Abendessen auf einer Terrasse am Meer haben wir heute Weihnachtslieder gehört. 🎅🏻🎄🛷
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  • Day5

    Oethei Bay

    December 25, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    On the way to Otehei Bay island, our tour guide told us that James Cook discovered the islands, and in his journal described that the bird sound was so loud on the islands, they needed to go off shore to have a conversation - unfortunately he also decided he’d like to farm the land and burnt the islands, killing most of all the birds. Those that survived were killed soon after from the cats and dogs that he introduced into the island. All the birds didn’t have wings (as they had no natural predators), and all of the birds are now extinct. Can see why they’re so protective of their wildlife here! They’re really strickt about conserving the islands and they’re trying to introduce birds back onto the island.

    At Oethei Bay we had a Christmas lunch barbecue and then came back to Paihia for ice cream 🍦🤤
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  • Day64


    March 4, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Today I went on a great wine-tasting tour in Waitangi area in the north part of New Zealand's north island. I had so much fun!

  • Day36

    Day 36/72: Kayaking and Driving

    December 2, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We woke up in our campervan feeling very chuffed with ourselves that we'd had a good night's sleep. The sky was clear and sunny and the day beckoned. We had our cereals of choice, museli and cocopops, and packed up the campervan ready for the off.

    We wanted to kayak around the bay of islands as it looked very beautiful, however the kayak tour place said the tour around the islands had been cancelled due to waves and weather, so we could only rent kayaks that day. Not to worry though, we duly hired a kayak and after assuring the guide that we weren't going to drown, paddled out into the bay, and upstream along a shallow estuary towards supposed waterfalls. As we paddled we sang and looked at the wildlife around us, herons and black and white cormorants flying around. We caught up with a huge tour group of people from a cruise, going in all directions over the river and as we paddled by we felt very glad we hadn't spent double the money on that particular tour.

    As we rounded a bend and came across the waterfalls which were surprisingly big! The water crashed over the rocks and made for great watching from the bottom as we hid behind a boulder and took photos. After we'd looked our fill, we paddled back against the tide in equally good spirits. We dodged the tour group again and came across a Maori boat, headed by a couple of huge Kiwi's in full tribal gear, grunting and calling to the 30 or so tourists paddling. As we passed by, the captain bellowed and as all paddles raised into the air, everyone turned their heads in unison and gave us a war cry!

    The kayaking finished, we got changed and got back in the van. A long drive of around 5-6 hours was ahead, so we set off, initially for the campervan hire place to pick up the satnav charger they had neglected to give us the day before. The trip was uneventful, the roads a motorcyclists paradise, and the scenery constantly keeping us alert and interested. It can be best described as driving through a mix of Scotland and Wales. Either winding mountain passed or dead straight over flat plains, they made for great driving. We picked up the cable without a hitch and carried onto next destination, Coromandel and hot water beach /Cathedral Cove. They're a long way out, as you'll be able to see on the map, but well worth the drive.

    We arrived at the chosen campsite and had a spot high up looking over the sea. We had a quick wander on the beach, and then made a dinner of spaghetti and tomato sauce (there may be a theme to our meals for a while). By then, night had already fallen, so we set up for the night and listened to the pitter patter of the rain, and the crashing of the sea as we drifted off to sleep.
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  • Day35

    Day 35/72: campervanning!

    December 1, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    This morning we left the hostel and picked up our campervan! It is really well equipped, with a bed that folds down in the back and chairs and tables and cooker and sink (and portapotty but we are ignoring that). The drive north was wonderful, very similar to driving through the pretty parts of Wales. Sheep galore, and plenty of rolling hills for good views. The van is automatic, which takes some getting used to, but at least they drive on the right (left!) side of the road here.

    A few hours later we had arrived at the Bay of Islands. We drove along the beach and checked out a few campsites before landing on one with incredible views across the bay.

    The afternoon consisted of wandering down the beach and marvelling at the number of sand flies and at the wonderful view over the islands. A wonderful evening of cooking pasta and drinking cups of tea next to the water later, we are tucked away inside our van feeling very cosy (and the night looks to be threatening rain so glad to not be the people in the tent right next to us!).
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  • Day54

    18-3 Russell: zeilen

    March 18, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Wát een leuke dag, gewoon een beetje jammer dat het voorbij was.
    Eerst een wandelingetje door het oudste dorp van NZ en naar de oudste kerk.
    Nadat ik Jamie op de ferry heb zien gaan, met een grote zeilboot mee. Kapitein zegt dat hij het erg leuk vindt om me aan boord te hebben. Hij blijkt het te menen, als ik terug kom mag ik bemanning zijn! Van een afstandje dolfijnen gezien, gesnorkeld, wandelingetje op een eiland. Zeester gezien (bijzondere) en op mijn hand gehad: jemig wat een zuigkracht; met haartjes! Heerlijke lunch en muffins en ik mocht heel veel sturen. Beetje gênant richting de anderen. Ik heb 1 keer een poging gewaagd en het roer over gegeven, maar besloot dat het niet mijn probleem was en heb er van genoten een keer het lieverdje van de juf te zijn. A breath of fresh air noemde hij me net in een e-mail. Zijn schoondochter werkt in Auckland voor een fietsprogramma, ik moet maar eens contact opnemen. Ga ik doen.Read more

  • Day56

    20-3 Kerikeri: watervallen

    March 20, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Eerst de lange wandeling naar de Wharepuke waterval en de Rainbow Falls, stukje wandelpad ri dorp. Ik loop anders dan gepland maar kom daardoor wel recht voor de New World uit. Kan ik mooi nieuwe oats kopen. Klein stukje dorp, weer wandelpad en naar de kleine en de Te Wairere waterval. Dat laatste stuk op en neert wat meer, waardoor het eigenlijk net wat te ver is. Maar het is prachtig. Alleen: als het al 3 maanden niet geregend heeft, zijn de watervallen niet maximaal😳.
    Nog een heel stuk middag om te lezen.
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  • Day57

    21-3 Kerikeri: Pagoda

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

    Het regent als ik wakker word. Da's een teken: ik blijf nog een dagje. Het is hier zo vredig, heerlijk. Hele dag op mijn reet zitten lukt niet, na de lunch wandel ik (in het mooiste weer van de wereld) naar het nagebouwde Maori vissersdorp. Best aardig, niet specta, maar het kost ook maar 10$. Onderweg een zwemmende Pūkeko, oudste fruitboom, missiehuis en een Pa. Alles op een kluitje op 10 min afstand. Zo ben ik lekker snel weer terug. Ik kan mijn boek zelfs op een bed lezen op het viewing deck. Eind van de middag gaat het gelukkig weer regenen. Wat zit ik hier lekker. Er worden gebedsvlaggen opgehangen, ook leuk.Read more

  • Day58

    22-3 Slimkapje (Paihia)

    March 22, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Goh, denk ik vanochtend, ben ik eigenlijk niet al bij die fietsroute? Uh, al voorbij. Slimkapje.
    Ik besluit eigenlijk al dat ik terug ga, als ik zie dat ik dan langs Kawakawa kom, met het Hunderdwasser toilet. Dus zéker terug. Maps and me geeft weer dezelfde spannende route door het bos. Moet kunnen volgens de camping baas. Dus bij de afslag en het grote hek, laad ik mijn fiets af, til hem over de hefboom en kijk dan pas of ik goed zit. Uh nee, de volgende. Slimkapje. Dus weer alles er af en een stukje doorfietsen. Met die tweede keer zeulen verrek ik iets in mijn rug. SK.
    Die afslag heeft een hek en geen weg. Nog eens goed kijken: klopt, Maps geeft een voetpad. Gaan we niet doen. Had ik eigenlijk al meteen kunnen zien. Dus retour hek 1 en afladen. SK! Grrr. En ik kan niemand de schuld geven😖.
    Gravelpad door een productie bos wat leuker is dan verwacht. Raar om daar van dat pampasgras en zo te zien. Wel weer een beetje steil bij veel vlagen en dat met een kleddernatte tent. Gelukkig heb ik wel bijna geen eten meer, dat scheelt gewicht. Moet weer afladen aan het eind, raak even mijn kluts kwijt maar gelukkig zijn daar fietsers die de weg weten. Bij de lunch eindelijk mijn dotterel gescoord volgens mij (niet de banded) en in het bos een vrouwtje Tomtit maar dat weet ik niet zeker.
    Na boodschappen kom ik aan op de eerste camping ooit, die plaatsen heeft die steeds duurder worden naarmate je dichter bij het water komt. Tijd genoeg voor de was. 599 hoogtemeters in 31 km, wel een beetje raar hoor.
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Far North District, Far-North-Distrikt, Far North, District du Far North, Distretto di Far North, 파노스 구, Daerah Far North, ضلع اتلا, 远北区