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Hamilton West

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  • Day89

    Vom wunderschönen Raglan nach Hamilton

    December 29, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Mit Muskelkater in jedem Muskel unseres Körpers wachen wir auf und machen seit Ewigkeiten mal wieder Yoga mit Meerblick.
    Danach bummeln wir durch das kleine Örtchen und laufen voller Erwartung an den Strand. Raglan ist die Surfhochburg schlecht hin, hier sieht man nicht selten Weltprofis auf dem Wasser. Als wir um die Ecke biegen sind wir enttäuscht..Niemand, nicht mal ein Anfänger ist auf dem Wasser. Die Wellen sind zu klein.. also wieder ab nach Hause.
    Kurze Verschnaufpause und dann per Anhalter nach Hamilton. Dort erwartet uns unser neuer Gastgeber, der bereits eingekauft hat und uns eine kleine Einweisung in die indische Küche gibt.
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  • Day295

    Māori in Aotearoa (NZ)

    June 1, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    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.Read more

  • Day12

    Bedtime Wrap

    March 14, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    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

    Bedtime Wrap

    March 15, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    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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  • Day13

    Good bye for now.

    February 12, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Today we say bye (again) to my daughter and her friend. I shall miss her and Laura cooking but be so good to get the van to ourselves, we can keep our bed up, we hav more space for things and more importantly not feel bad doing things we want to do n worry tht they don't want to.

    I treated us all to a fab breakie at $91 it should be good. We dropped them off at bus station n we headed to coramamdelRead more

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