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  • Day65

    Surfing with Sarah

    February 3 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Lovely fresh morning today! So nice temperature!
    I got up at 8 am to have the time for a nice and calm breakfast before it was time to leave for my surf lesson.
    The meeting point is just a street away so I didn’t need to drive somewhere far away.
    9.30 am I was supposed to meet my coach Nico at Roberts Road Carpark.
    I was there a little bit too early but he was right on time!

    The first thing to do was to sign a paper and pay and then I went back to the house to pick up a wetsuit and a board for me.
    I got changed and then we went to the beach.

    He explained to me, what I gonna need to do to get up on the board and how to stand on it right.
    We made some test runs on the beach but after only a few minutes he said, ok that’s enough let’s go into the water, you gonna learn it better there!

    That was the start of 2 hours of intense training!
    I was actually standing up already on my second wave!
    That was amazing!!

    I don’t know how many times I failed and went for a swim, it was a lot but I also was standing up many times and got a nice ride to the beach.
    The waves today are really good, according to Nico!
    Clear waves and if waves! Not the best condition for a beginner normally but he was helping me a lot so I felt confident all the time!
    He knew which waves to take and which waves better not to take.
    He put me up on a lot of unbroken waves as well, what was pretty cool!
    Some of the waves were around 1,20m, most of them around 1m what is really much!

    After two amazing hours, a super clean nose and way too much salt water in my stomach it was sadly time to finish my lesson. But I finished with a perfect ride on a perfect wave all the way down to the beach 🤗🏄🏻‍♀️

    That was definitely not my last time on a surfboard! Good that I go to Australia next, where I can keep on practicing!!

    After the lesson, we went back to the carpark. I took a shower there to get the saltwater of my skin and then it was time to leave hot Gissy and travel north!

    Oh yeah, it’s really hot today, again. 🥵
    I didn’t realize it on the water but it’s hot! Around 35 degrees I heard later!

    I drove for around one and a half hours until I got quite hungry and stopped beside a river for a Picknick in the shadow!
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  • Day64

    Waikanae Beach Gisborne

    February 2 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    If I thought it was hot the last couple of days, I was wrong!! Today was hot! Really hot! Impossible to be outside in the sun or to move too much.
    So I was ending up on the beach, under some big trees for the whole day! 37 degrees today 😎🥵
    I don't know, how many times I went for a swim in the ocean. It was often, as I really needed to cool down a bit all the time.
    Around 3 pm I got a nice big ice cream. Bigger than expected 🙈😂
    If I knew before how big their scopes are I would be more than happy with it one scope, but I got 2!
    And luckily also an empty paper cup, because half of my ice cream was breaking off after only 2 minutes but I was luckily catching it with the cup!

    I didn't even have a chance to take a picture from my enormous ice cream😂
    It was really good ice cream as well so I really enjoyed it, but I had to eat it fast, it was just melting away.

    After that, I went back to the beach for the rest of the afternoon!
    I even managed to not get sunburned 🥳😉

    During the day I tried to find someone who is given surf lessons today, but 2 out of 4 surf schools are not operating at the moment, one could never reach and the last one has lessons today but they are already full. So I could only watch them today.
    So many people were out and surfing today.

    But I gonna do it tomorrow instead. As they had no bookings at all, the owner of the surf school was offering me a private lesson, normally it costs 95$, for 75$ instead!
    That was very kind and I am already very excited and looking forward to my surf lesson tomorrow 🤗😎🏄🏻‍♀️

    In the evening I fixed my wash and had a horrible hot shower again.

    Dinner was very late today as it was just to hot to eat something earlier.
    At least here is a nice sea breeze and it's cooling down during the evening and night! So falling asleep was not a problem at all!
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  • Day19

    Day 19 > Freedom camping at the ocean

    December 1, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We have seen a lot of ocean these days. With lots of wind and constant sunshine we burn easily. Sunscreen spf 50 is desperately needed. After the Coromandel we decided to spend a bit of time at the Bay of Plenty.

    We found a large free camping spot at Port Ohope with views of the ocean. Plenty of room for everybody. We had the entire afternoon to read, sleep and enjoy the views.

    This morning we woke up with the sound of rain on our roof. It only lasted for a minute or so but there it was the first rain since we arrived in New Zealand. The rest of the morning on the campsite was clear and sunny. But that would not last.

    From Ohope we drove to Opitika and did some grocery shopping at New World Supermarket (luckily open on sundays). The rain was rolling in by that time and we decided to make this a 'driving day'. After several hours of driving through a beautiful gorge and very green farmland we found ourselves at the east coast in Gisborne.

    So here we are at the top 10 holidaypark at the ocean doing some hiking, santa spotting, washing and writing. The sun is shining and it is about 26 degrees. Lovely weather! Till next time.

    We hebben heel veel zee gezien de laatste dagen. En met een windje en constante zonneschijn moeten we oppassen dat we niet verbranden. Factor 50 zonnebrandmiddel is niet overbodig. Na de Coromandel hebben we besloten om wat tijd in de Bay of Plenty door te brengen.

    In onze Rankers app vonden een mooie gratis kampeerplaats bij Port Ophope in de buurt. Een mooi en ruim opgezette plek met prachtig uitzicht over de zee. We hebben de hele middag gelezen, pootje gebaaid, geslapen en genoten van het uitzicht.

    Vanochtend werden we wakker met het geluid van regen op ons autodak. Het duurde maar een minuutje, maar toch, dat was de eerste regen sinds we in Nieuw Zeeland waren aangekomen. De rest van de ochtend was het aangenaam en zonnig weer. Dat zou echter niet zo blijven...

    Vanuit Ophope zijn we naar Opitika gereden waar we gelukkig op zondag boodschappen konden doen bij the New World. Soms zijn we even de dagen van de week kwijt. De regenbuien rolden ondertussen binnen en we besloten om er maar een rijdag van te maken. Na een paar uur door een prachtige kloof te hebben gereden, kwamen we aan in Gisborne. Aan de oostkust van Nieuw Zeeland. En daar scheen de zon!

    De middag hebben we gevuld met een stadswandeling (santa parade gezien), was gedraaid en gelezen op het strand. Lekker genieten dus.
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  • Day73


    March 9 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Ich bin gestern in Gisborne angekommen. Heute hab ich dann einfach ne Tour zu Fuß durch die Stadt gemacht. Bin zum Hafen gelaufen, am Wasser entlang zum Strand und habe dann durch Zufall noch einen Park entdeckt direkt am Fluss.Read more

  • Day74

    Museum und Kochen

    March 10 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Heute bin ich mir Rosie, einer älteren Dame aus den USA die bei mir im Zimmer ist, ins Museum gegangen. War echt sehr interessant. Aufm Rückweg sind wir dann noch am Strand und Hafen entlang gelaufen. Rosie hat Fisch direkt am Hafen gekauft für uns zwei, den sie dann zum Abendessen gemacht hat und ich habe dazu Reis mit Gemüse gemacht. War eines der besten Abendessen seit langem.Read more

  • Day130

    Roadtrip - Gisborne

    November 25, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Nach einer ruhigen Nacht und einem ausgiebigem Frühstück war ein Aussichtspunkt, von dem aus man auf ganz Gisborne schauen kann, unser erstes Anlaufziel für den Samstag. Nach 3km Fußmarsch hatten wir den höchsten Punkt erreicht und hatten eine herrliche Sicht auf Gisborne, den Hafen und das Meer. Auch das Wetter hat uns in die Karten gespielt und wir konnten den Ausblick bei strahlendem Sonnenschein genießen. Als nächstes erkundeten wir die Einkaufsstraßen im Stadtzentrum und das ein oder andere Schnäppchen wurde geschlagen. Nach einer Stärkung bei Dominos, wo die Pizza nur 5 Dollar kostet ging es zum letzten Ausflugsziel unseres kleinen Roadtrips. Dies war ein alter und schon lange nicht mehr aktiver Leuchtturm, welcher nur bei Ebbe über den Strand zu erreichen ist. Obwohl der Leuchtturm schon Rost angesetzt hatte, sah er trotzdem besonders aus und zum ersten Mal in unserem Leben haben wir riesige Krabben in freier Natur beobachten dürfen - ganz schön gruselig sahen die aus! :D Auf dem Rückweg ergatterten wir dann noch einen riesen Sack Orangen an einem Straßenstand, frisch vom Baum und lecker!


    Roadtrip - Gisborne

    After a relaxing night and a really good breakfast on saturday morning our next destination was a lookout in Gisborne. After 3km of walking we reached the highest point and had a beautiful view over Gisborne, the harbour and the ocean. The weather was perfect and so we enjoyed the view under a bright sunshine. After that we discovered the shopping streets of Gisborne, got some bargains and ate pizza at Dominos for 5 Dollar. Our last stop was an old and no longer active lighthouse which only can be reached by a low tide. Although the lighthouse had set rust but it still looked special for us and it was the first time in our lives to see huge crabs in the wild and they looked a bit scarry! :D On the way back home we bought a huge bag of oranges at a street sale - fresh and delicious!
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  • Day166

    Surftrip nach Gizzy

    January 22 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Wo waren wir stehen geblieben....wir wollten zurück in den Surf!
    So brachen wir also am Lake Taupo gen Mount Manganui auf - ein ziemlich gehyptes Surfstädtchen am Fuße des genannten Berges...Leider ist es kein Städtchen mehr sondern eher eine ziemlich große Stadt direkt am Strand! Leider war der Surf verblasen, alle Parkplätze belegt und sowieso kein bezahlbarer Schlafplatz zu erhaschen! Wir fuhren also die Ostküste weiter runter gen Süden und fanden einen schönen Schlafplatz - und auch ein paar kleine Wellen. Die Locals empfohlen uns aber, weiter gen Gisborne zu fahren und so hangelten wir uns weiter.... und landeten schließlich am Abend auf den Peak des Swells in Gizzy! Mo machte gesschwind ausfindig, wo wirklich die größte Welle brach und auch wenn sie am Ende nicht mehr so groß war, so war doch sein Hunger nach etwas mehr Adrenalin fürs erste gestillt. Nach einer ungemütlichen Nacht am Highway, einem Morgensurf und einem umfangreichen Surfcheck war klar:
    Hier wurde es zu windig und es gab auch keinen angenehmen Schlafplatz zu gewinnen - wir gingen einkaufen und flüchteten nach Mahia - eine Halbinsel noch ein wenig weiter südlich....
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  • Day76

    Merry Christmas!

    December 25, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Ich wünsche euch allen fröhliche Weihnachten von der anderen Seite der Welt! Ich hoffe zu Hause wird schön gefeiert, während ich hier bei Sonnenschein am Meer liege und nicht so richtig in Weihnachtsstimmung kommen kann 😅Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Gisborne, Gisborne eskualdea, גיזברן, गिस्बॉर्न, East Cape, GIS, ギズボーン, გიზბორნი, 기즈번, Te Tai-rāwhiti, Гисборн, گسبورن، نیوزی لینڈ, 吉斯伯恩

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