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  • Day295

    Māori in Aotearoa (NZ)

    June 1 in New Zealand

    Neuseeland war der letzte unbesiedelte Zipfel der Welt bis die Māori im 13. Jahrhundert "Die lange weiße Wolke (Aotearoa)" entdeckten. Die verschiedenen polynesischen Stämme besiedelten überwiegend die wärmere Nordinsel. Ihre Kultur und Lebensweise ist sehr interessant und unter anderem weltweit bekannt durch den traditionellen Tanz "Haka" und die einmaligen Tattoos.

  • Day306

    Neuseeland erobern#Schlafen#Lachen#Schuhe auf dem Dach vergessen und losfahren#Kochen#langsam fahren#Musik lauschen#Beatles#Basilikum auf dem Dach vergessen und losfahren#Reiseplanung#Weinen#Trinken#Hippie Feeling#Film schauen#Berge erobern#Wellen rauschen#Links fahren#Glück#Natur genießen#Regenwald sehen#Liebe#einen regnerischen Tag im Van verbringen#Würfelspiel#wieder Schuhe auf dem Dach vergessen und losfahren#noch mehr lachen#Wäsche trocknen#Sterne beobachten#eine Freund verlieren ...Adieu Olaf Norbert, Adieu Neuseeland!Read more

  • Day12

    Bedtime Wrap

    March 14, 2017 in New Zealand

    We got up early to visit Wai-O-Tapu, a nearby geothermal area. Wai-O-Tapu has lots of colourful rocks, from the steam bringing up minerals from deep underground.

    Wai-O-Tapu also has a geyser, which was discovered by convicts a along time ago. The geyser was initially steaming, then it started to frothing and finally it erupted. When the geyser erupted it shot water 10 metres into the air.

    Wai-O-Tapu is a massive park area, next we went to a mud pool. The mud was popping and bubbling. It smelt like rotten eggs. It was interesting watching the mud splash and pop.

    Next we went and visited some local free hot springs. At the first one the water was very hot, I could feel my ankles burning. Lysa said she burnt her foot in the mud too. The second one's water was a bit cooler and had a pretty waterfall.

    We finished the day with a tour of Waitomo Caves. They have been doing tours in these caves for over a 120 years. The tour had a boat ride in an underground cave where you got to see lots of glow worms.

    Erin XO
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  • Day13

    Hamilton Gardens

    March 15, 2017 in New Zealand

    So pretty.

    In the 1960s this site was nothing more than a rubbish dump, today it is over 40 hectares of public gardens. In the 1980s the city designed these gardens to tell the story of garden design from a cultural and historical point of view.

    There are hundreds more photos we took... I can only add six photos. So you miss out on the rose garden and the general amazing variety of flora.

  • Day13

    Bedtime Wrap

    March 15, 2017 in New Zealand

    The weather gods were kind to us today and blessed us with gorgeous weather. We made the most of the Sunshine and headed outside.

    First up, Hamilton Gardens; a little kitsch in parts but beautifully maintained and an amazing variety of plants. As far as we can tell the gardens are mostly maintained by the students at the attached horticultural school. Props for the free labour, because you can see the sheer mountain of effort that is put into maintaining these grounds. The rose garden was stunning with an enormous variety of (you guessed it) roses. I particularly liked this speckled variety as it wasso different to any rose I'd seen before.

    The afternoon was a walk up Te Aroha, I confess I knew very little about this walk other than it was about 10km long, offered 360 degree views and was considered one of the better walks in New Zealand according to an online walking guide. I wasn't expecting a thin track that had clearly suffered though last weeks storms. The climb was arduous in parts having to climb up rocks and exposed roots, combine that with a constant steep incline for two hours and I was pooped by the time I got to the top. By the way I looked it up, the incline was 952m. The view I was afforded was stunning and included views of the Bay of Plenty, Firth of Thames, back towards Hamilton and Kaimai-Mamaku range.

    While I was exploring Erin had enjoyed a nap. We both now feeling refreshed enjoyed a nice pub meal to finish the day.

    Lysa XO
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  • Day144


    February 13, 2015 in New Zealand

    Our first night we spend in Hamilton. Having not much time here we only walked a bit around town - especially nice were the public pianos that everybody was allowed to play -, strolled along the river, saw the statue of Riff Raff and had a great lunch at a local craft beer brewery, named Good George. The IPA was great!

  • Day485

    We woke up to a bit of a gloomy but no less beautiful view of the lake. After going about our usual morning routine we made the drive into Hamilton to visit Hamilton Gardens. I saw the gardens advertised in a leaflet we had but we weren't prepared for how extensive or elaborate they were. They had gardens created in the style of different countries including Japan, Italy, India and England. We started our walk in the Indian garden and as soon as we entered it brought back so many memories of our time in India. They had even built replica buildings which added to the whole overall image of the country each garden reflected. We got the same wow factor when we entered the Italian garden which had characteristic marble statues and wonderful water features. The British garden was a little sad looking because none of the flowers were in bloom which was a shame and I felt it needed a little TLC and a good weeding. Unless they think all British gardens are mainly made up of weeds! They also had gardens that are yet to open and one of these was a surrealism garden. We could see the treses for it over the fence and they were using netting to help them grow into weird and wonderful shapes. I can imagine it will be like walking through wonderland when it does open. For a free thing to do we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the sun really held out for us which was an added bonus. Apart from that Hamilton didn't really offer anything else we fancied doing. We decided to head to the cinema this afternoon just to escape travelling a bit. This did mean trying to park in the most congested car park in the world but luckily after ten minutes of wondering why anyone would drive a van their whole lives and deal with this daily we found a smaller carpark further away that had lots of empty spaces. We ate rubbish food in the food court and very much enjoyed having a mini break from our campervan. We've began to be a bit concious of time as we now have less than a month until we take our camper back to Christchurch. At the start 3 months seemed like almost too long to explore both islands but it's definitely not enough time at all. We had planned to skip a coastal town we wanted to visit called Raglan but we've been convinced it's worth a trip and with the weather looking good for tomorrow I think we will add it in. I do worry soon we will have to really cut things out but at least we have summer when we could always visit again. Saying that our list for things to do in summer is growing daily and it may end up with us driving all over the place. It's something we plan to organise as soon as we are back on farm so we can book lovely airbnbs and know we will have a little luxury when we travel and always get to enjoy a bed we haven't had to make first. For now we are parked in a car museum carpark listening to the sound of the rain in a beautifully constructed bed ready for a good nights sleep.Read more

  • Day80

    Hamilton Gardens

    November 20, 2016 in New Zealand

    Die Hamilton Gardens sind vor ca. 40 Jahren angelegt worden. Vorher war das Busch- und Brachland und eine Mülldeponie. Heute finden wir hier klassische Gärten aus aller Welt, Konzept- und Phantasiegärten, Küchenkräuter und Landschaftsbau (z. Bsp. Friedhof) und sie sind vielfach prämiert. Hier hat es uns richtig gut gefallen und deshalb bekommt ihr noch ein paar Fotos aus den Gärten der Welt 🌻.

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