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  • Day97


    December 7, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Dann gehts doch weiter. Wir wollen uns noch die ehemalige Gold Town Arrowtown anschauen, gegründet 1862. Hier sind noch etliche Holzhäuser aus der alten Zeit erhalten geblieben. Schön restauriert sind sie nun zumeist Shops, Souvenirläden und Restaurants. An die chinesischen Goldsucher, die sich hier niedergelassen haben, erinnert eine Art Freilichtmuseum. Wir schauen uns kurz um, gönnen uns einen Kaffee und fahren nun endgültig nach Queenstown, denn jetzt fängt es doch an zu regnen.
    Von der quirligen Stadt, die ganz idyllisch am Lake Wakatipu liegt und umgeben ist von den Bergen des Mount Aspiring NP, kriegen wir nicht mehr viel mit. Wegen ganz schlimmen Regens verlassen wir unsere "heimelige" Schlafbuchte nicht mehr, aber wenigsten sitzen wir trocken!
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  • Day9


    April 1, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Very picturesque ......Im afraid there is no good coffee there.

  • Day86

    Motatapu Alpine Track

    January 17, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

    From the town I followed the shore of "Lake Wanaka" around.
    And half way around while I stopped to tie my boots, "Audrey" popped up from behind!
    It was nice to see her again. Together we walked to the "Motatapu Alpine Track".
    A fairly easy walk but the next day was supposed to be quite a hard one.
    I call it the "3x3" (three times up, over and down). The way from the Hut climbed steeply up to the "Jack Halls Saddle" (1275m). Then followed some ridge line down to the next hut. Climbed up to saddle no.2 just to descent most of the way back down into the valley. And climbed steeply out of it again to another saddle. One last steep descent brought us to "Roses Hut". Unfortunately for all that we had very cloudy weather, I still enjoyed the sweeping fog passing over. For breakfast we had to climb up 470m to "Roeses Saddle". Afterwards we descended down to the "Arrow River" and since the water level was low and it is apparently faster to stay down in the river instead of taking the high route, we plunged our way down to "Macetown". The old mining town has now a population of 0! Along an old 4x4 track we walked torrwards "Arrowtown". While it was so easy we missed the turnoff of the TA and stayed on the "bad weather route"(with now a bit sunshine) all the way to town!
    The last 30km to Queenstown were quite a fight along an easy but partly hard to follow bicycle trail. We were more as glad once we reached our hostel! We cooked delicious burritos together, for dinner!
    I guess that it for now with the TA tail but don't worry I will finish it later on!

    Von “Wanaka“ ging es entlang des Ufers, des gleichnamigen Sees in Richtung “Motatapu Alpine Track“. Auf halben weg musste ich meine Schuhe neu binden und siehe da wer da von hintern daher kommt -“Audrey“!
    Zusammen haben wir uns dann auf den weiteren weg gemacht. Ein am Ende recht einfacher Tag. Jedoch sollte sich das am nächsten Tag ähndern, oder wie ich ihn nenne den “3x3“(dreimal hoch, rüber und runter)! Von der Hütte ging es steil Bergauf zu dem “Jack Halls Sattel“(1275m) und entlang eines Grates wieder nach unten zur nächsten Hütte. Zwar recht nett hier jedoch war der Tag noch nicht zu Ende! Von hier aus ging es wieder sehr steil Bergauf zum Saddle Nr.2, nur um steil den meisten weg nach unten ins Tal zu gehen! Ein letzter steiler Anstieg zum dritten Sattel und noch einmal ein ewig länger Abstieg hinunter zur “Roses“ Hütte. Leider hatten wir für dass alles sehr bewölktes Wetter, trotzdem konnte ich die vorbei ziehenden Nebelfelder genießen!
    Zum Frühstück gab es dann noch einmal einen Anstieg von 470m zum “Roses“ Sattel, danach ging es hinunter zum Fluss “Arrow“. Welchen wir entlang plantschen in Richtung “Macetown“. Eine alte Goldminen Stadt mit einer Einwohnerzahl von heute 0!
    Danach ging es auf einer alten Forststraße nach “Arrowtown“. Und weil alles gleich so einfach zu laufen war verpassen wir auch gleich die Wegzweigung des TA und liefen den “schlecht Wetter Weg“(bei mittlerweile ein wenig Sonnenschein) in die Stadt!
    Die letzten 30km nach “Queenstown“ sollten sich als ein harter Kampf herausstellen. Zwar war alles recht einfach zu laufen, jedoch war die Navigation etwas schwierig entlang des Fahrradweges.
    Wir beide waren mehr als glücklich als wir dann endlich unsere Jugendherberge (natürlich am anderen Ende der Stadt) erreichten!
    Zum Abendessen haben wir noch gemeinsam Burritos gekocht - sehr lecker!
    Das war es dann für das erste mit dem TA, aber keine sorge ich werde den wander weg schon noch fertig machen!
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  • Day157

    Trip to Middle Earth

    February 19, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    We set off on a trip to Glenorchy today. It was a really lovely sunny day and we were hopeful of great views on one of New Zealands most scenic drives.
    At first we were a little unsure. Lots of trees and bushes obscured the view to my left that should have looked onto the lake. Fortunately a little further along the winding roads the bushes began to thin out and the road crept up higher to reveal some gorgeous and stunning scenery. The beautiful lake was so still and had a cloudy but glassy sheen to it that made it look a lovely silvery blue/purple. With the backdrop of the mountains it was very Middle Earth. But we were headed for Isengard!
    On route to Isengard we came across the spot where Sam and Frodo spotted the Oliphants. Looks exactly the same. We could have done a walk too to more locations on our way back but the sandflies were out in force by then (clouds had come in) and we just weren't up for that, they were there everytime time we tried to snap a shot on the way back, especially loving Robs arms, that we kept having to run back to the shelter of the car.

    St this point in time we stopped for photos without the sandflies and moved on to the Misty Mountains. When the snow capped mountains came into view it was stunning. We wanted to keep stopping for photos but with such a narrow and winding road there were fewer opportunities to.

    Eventually we got to glenorchy after passing lots of little bays with turquoise blue water. It honestly looked like a Caribbean shoreline in places but with snowcapped mountains in the background. We hoped to stop for a swim on the way back biy yup...the sandflies ruined that too! (plus it got a bit cold).

    Glenorchy is a tiny, tiny town with a population of around 400. Cute though, lots of little cafes and whatnot. We had a picnic by the Lake and then followed a long dirt Road further along towards the location for Isengard. We actually thought we were going a much farther distance to get to another cool film location for Letherien but it turns out there is no road to get there and that the guidebook wording wasn't quite what it should have been. It should have said it is a five day hike to get there! Still...we parked up with a good view of Isengard and took in the very moody and dramatic scenery. You can see why they chose it, especially with the clouds rolling in.

    As previously mentioned, the way home was a little less sunny and filled with sandflies. Nevertheless we did stop on several occasions to wander to the beautiful bays and take in the surroundings. Oh and I also managed to successfully skim stones too! Yay!

    After Glenorchy we headed to Arrowtown to see yet another location filmed by the river. It was bloomin freezing and we had to wander through the river at some points which actually just made my feet so numb I wasn't sure I could walk. Rob managed to stay in for quite some time somehow but didn't use the opportunity to pan for gold. Maybe we could have made our fortune...who knows!

    Back in Queenstown it was a beautiful evening and so we enjoyed cooking dinner outside and chilling to some music.
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  • Day53

    What you do when it's overcast

    May 20, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Woke up today and it was overcast and rainy. As I noted before on a dirt road near Nelson a rock had hit something under the car and it made a noise when hitting about 100km/hr. Well at some point in the Haast pass Tom had hit a pot hole and now the noise was worse at 60km/hr and the steering wheel did funny things at about 10km/hr. So long story short we took it in and exchanged it for a new car before we did anymore damage.

    Then we head to the cute village of Arrowtown for lunch. Had pies and a Guinness in Irish pub and walked around the shops.

    After we got home we went to a place right next to us, the Craft beer house. Tom had a flight of 6 IPAs (including some double one).

    Went home and took a roast chicken out the oven and had a great meal.
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  • Day18

    Milford Sound

    November 26, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    We were up early as it was a mega drive to get to Milford Sound from Queenstown. The drive was beautiful and the scenery some of the best we’ve seen so far. Unfortunately half of New Zealand we’re making their way there too so we got stuck behind quite a few coaches and grandma drivers. We got the last parking space and went to the terminal where we found our thankfully small boat (some of the others were like crap cruise ships). We spent the next 2 hours ambling around the fjord and got to see some seals and penguins. It was lovely but neither of us are entirely sure whether it was worth the days worth of driving. A classic example of tourist peer pressureRead more

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