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  • Day147

    Es riecht in Rotorua..

    December 12, 2017 in New Zealand

    Nachdem wir am Montag von unserer Gastfamilie aus gestartet sind, haben wir einen kleinen Abstecher an die Küste von Whakatane gemacht, da dort die ersten Maori mit ihren Kanus in Neuseeland angekommen sind. Danach ging es über Tauranga direkt nach Rotorua. Am Vormittag haben wir einen Spaziergang durch den Redwood Forest gemacht, ein Waldgebiet mit den typisch neuseeländischen, ziemlich hohen und mächtigen Redwood-Bäumen. Danach ging es weiter zum Green Lake und Blue Lake, zwei Seen, die direkt nebeneinander liegen. Einer von ihnen hat strahlend blaues Wasser und man darf dort auch baden, der andere sieht eher grünlich aus und baden ist dort nicht gestattet.
    Am späten Nachmittag gingen wir dem Schwefelgeruch, welcher stets über der Stadt liegt, auf den Grund und besuchten Te Puia, das New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Dort haben wir den Ausbruch eines noch aktiven Geysirs beobachtet, ebenso wie brodelnde Schlammbecken und dampfendes Gewässer. Dort gab es auch ein Kiwihaus, in dem zwei echte Kiwi-Vögel leben aber leider saßen diese in ihrer Höhle und haben sich nicht blicken lassen. Wir konnten sie nur über die eingebaute Kamera beobachten.
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    Rotorua smells weird..

    After we started in Opotiki on Monday we had a short stop at the coast of Whakatane. The first Maori reached New Zealand with there canoes at this coast. After a short shopping trip in Whakatane we headed to Rotorua. In the morning we had a great walk through the redwood forest national park. There are the typical and majestic Redwood trees of New Zealand. Afterwards we went for a walk between the Blue and Green Lake. They are located south-east of the Redwood Forest. You can take a swim in the Blue Lake (the water has a nice blue tone), but you can't swim - it's not permitted - in the Green Lake (the water has a green tone).
    In the late afternoon we tried to get an answer for the weird smell which covers the whole city. We decided to visit Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, where we could see an eruption of the biggest geyser of the southern hemisphere. It smells like rotten eggs (sulfurous odour), cause sulphur gas is released together with the water. There was also a Kiwi-house with two Kiwi birds living in it. We could'nt manage it to see them, cause they were hiding in there houses. We just saw them by watching the live broadcast.
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  • Day143

    Giant 2w Enduro

    May 13, 2017 in New Zealand

    Today we both took part in the Giant 2w Enduro in Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua. This was my first ever mountain bike race and Ben's second race in New Zealand. I opted for the much easier 4-stage shuttled race (which included some shuttled assistance to the top of some of the hills), whilst Ben raced the 6-stage non-shuttled category (pedal-powered up the 1700m of climb!)

    After 48 hours of non-stop rain and strong winds we were starting to get a bit worried about race day. However, the Enduro gods heard our prayers and the rain eased off by the morning of race day, although the winds had caused some serious destruction in the forest. Luckily the race organisers had been hard at work overnight clearing the course of fallen trees and debris.

    Having spent a good few weeks riding in Rotorua since Crankworx we have made some awesome riding buddies who were also taking part in the race. Ben and Will were both doing the 6-stage race so set off first for a big day out on the bike. I was racing with Abby, who we met on the Trans NZ, her sister, Ella, and friend, Bianca.

    The race format allowed us to complete the set stages in any order and choose our own transition routes so long as we made it back before the 4 hour and 6 hour cut offs. Luckily we were riding with locals to help us navigate the forest.

    Our group of girls chose to start with 'Eagle v. Shark', the ultimate flow trail with minimum pedalling and jumps galore. However, we had been warned that this trail was known to claim the most victims on previous races. Luckily, none of us fell victim to the Eagle and made it to the bottom in one piece! After battling some pre-race nerves at the top I was happy to have stayed on my bike till the finish line, although I certainly could have attacked the trail a little harder.

    Next on to the stage we had all been dreading, the pedal-fest of 'Hot X Buns' into 'Be Rude Not To', 'Hot X' did have some cool rooty sections but a nasty pinch climb in the middle and a sprint down 'Be Rude Not To' had us all out of breath and cursing the cross-country nature of the stage! I learnt I really need to keep my head up after losing a good few seconds by coming completely off the trail and into the trees.

    'Gonna Gotta' into 'Paddy's Trail' was next, with a fair old amount of climbing snuck in amongst some wetter ruts and corners. This was my best stage, coming out 3rd in my category at the end of the day!

    Finally, the stage I had been most nervous about as I was racing most of it blind, 'Corridor' into 'Soakhole', 'Turkish Delight' and 'Old Exit'. Strong winds made the 'Corridor' jump section a lot wilder than usual, and then it was into the trees and roots, the race organisers added a few more pinch climbs and flat sprints before we entered the rooty drops of 'Old Exit'. Despite the climbing this was a super fun stage, with high 5s and hugs all round when we all reached the bottom!

    All that was left for us girls was to cycle back to the finish line to claim our victory beer and sausage rolls and soak in the hot tub waiting for the boys to finish their race!

    Ben and Will had two extra stages to contend with, stage E, a slick. rooty and wild 'K2' and Stage F, 'Team Line' into 'Tukonohi'. 'Team Line' consisted of a seriously steep, muddy rut, then on to the beautifully tacky flow of 'Tukonohi'.

    Ben and Will had a harder day with nearly 50k, 1700m of climbing, a couple of big crashes and a snapped pedal between them but still came back smiling.

    For me, I was really chuffed to survive, and enjoy, my first race. I even managed a very respectable 6th place in my category, with a cheeky wee 3rd place on one stage. A super fun day on the bike with a wicked bunch of girls. Congrats to Abby who got another podium finish with 3rd place. Maybe this will be the start of my race career... :)

    Now time for some pizza and a rest!

    Christine
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  • Day26

    Scion Redwood Forest

    October 30, 2017 in New Zealand

    Well it took us a long time to find the course and then it was in really bad shape / tough to navigate (my disc golf app doesn't have this course) so we played a couple of holes and gave up. ::-(

    There is another course we might check out tomorrow.

  • Day113

    The Redwoods - Whakarewarewa forest

    January 16, 2017 in New Zealand

    Als letzter Tagespunkt stand der Whakarewarewa Forest, auch "The Redwoods" genannt, auf unserer Liste.
    Hier haben wir eine 1 1/2 stündige Wanderung durch den beeindruckenden Wald gemacht.
    Überall um einen herum ragten gigantisch hohe Bäume in den Himmel und dazwischen füllten Fahne die Lücken. 🌴🌲🌳🌴
    Außerdem sind wir an einem kleinen Tümpel mit glasklarem Wasser vorbeigekommen, wobei man sich vorkam wie im Paradies 😍😊

    Ein schöner Tagesabschluss, bei dem man sich nochmal richtig auspowern konnte. 😊💪🏻
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  • Day21

    Steam, bubble and it stinks!

    March 22, 2017 in New Zealand

    Rotorua ist die "Hochburg" der vulkanischen Aktivitäten!Es gibt überall Hotels und Motels mit Hotpools, die aus heißem Thermalquellen gespeist werden!Ausserdem gibt es einige Orte mit vulkanischer Aktivität!Wir haben das Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland besucht und die Craters of the Moon!Überall dampft und zischt es aus der Erde! Die verschiedenen Thermalpools leuchten in verschiedensten Farben! Auch in Rotorua und der gesamten Umgebung kommt Dampf aus der Erde und es riecht überall nach Schwefel!Read more

  • Day5

    Redwood Forest

    October 5, 2017 in New Zealand

    Juli und ich sind heute in den Redwood Forest nahe Rotorua gefahren, der war wie alles hier super schön. Danach wollten wir uns noch einen Geysir angucken, der war aber für uns arme Backpacker mit 50$ zu teuer. Deswegen sind wir einfach außen ein bisschen entlang der heißen Quellen gelaufen und ich hab gefühlte 1000 Fotos gemacht. Bis jetzt erträgt Juli meine Affinität fürs Fotografieren ganz gut, mal schauen wie lange das noch anhält. 😅Read more

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