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  • Day73

    Tolkien's favourite words.Cellar Door...

    December 11, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Actions speak louder than words, so we visited 5 today.
    Went briefly to Napier to get some info from the Tourist Info about where to rent bikes. Found the perfect spot right next to a campervan site. Hired some bikes and set off for some wine tasting.
    Consisting of:
    1) Clearview - very tasty.
    2) Elephant hill - alright wine, better setting.
    3) Black Barn - good chips and cheese.
    4) Te Mata - lost count of how many we had and convinced the lady serving we hadn't had enough.
    5) Akarangi - very clever Psychologist chap asking lots of big worded questions to Hannah.

    The area is famed for Chardonnay and Syrah. The Syrahs were not to my liking, but some of the Chardonnays were nice.
    Got back to our campsite to find a load of people parked around our van. Guy came over to let us know they were gathered for someone who had just passed away. Didn't mind us being in the middle, which is good since we were in no fit state to drive, just checking we weren’t being too disturbed.
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  • Day80


    December 10, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Heute sind wir nach Hastings gefahren. Auf der Fahrt haben wir eine Pause im Manawatu Scenic Reserve gemacht und waren da ein bisschen spazieren. Dort haben wir auch den Totara Tree, einen riesigen Baum, gesehen
    Jetzt sind wir für ein paar Tage bei einem deutschen Ehepaar, das wir über Ecken kennen. Die sind vor vielen Jahren nach Neuseeland ausgewandert und wir können im Garten im Saunahaus mit Blick auf den Pool schlafen 😬
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  • Day112

    Farmers Market in Hastings

    October 20, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Very huge and nice farmers market. A nice place to relax and get a bargain. I got 2 capsicums for $3😊😍

    I can recommend this place on a warm and sunny day.
    To end the day, I'll go to the beach and lie down in the sun for a while.Read more

  • Day62

    Te Mata Peak

    January 31 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    I woke up early enough to check out the sunrise but it wasn’t as good as the sunset yesterday.
    I tried to sleep a bit more but around 7 am it started to blow and it got quick to a storm.
    So I got up around 8 in the end to get some breakfast. It just got worst and worst and I was wondering if I would be able to do anything today.

    Luckily I don’t need to check out at 10 am here, I can stay as long as I want. So I decided to wait a little bit and see what’s going to happen as the weather forecast said it should get better around early lunchtime, but blowing throughout the whole day.

    Around 11 am it was getting much better and I decided it’s time to leave now.

    I went to Cape Kidnappers as I wanted to the cliffs up closed. But unfortunately, the track is closed at the moment because the cliff is not stabil. 😕

    So the first real stop for today is at Te Mata Peak.

    Nice to be able to drive up to the top when it’s so hot 🙈
    Yes today I am a little bit lazy.
    But it’s getting really hot now, supposed to be 35 degrees today!! 🥵
    The wind makes it easier to handle I can say.

    The view from the top was awesome, the wind horrible. 🙈😂
    So I didn’t stay too long up here and went back down.
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  • Day62

    Waimarama Beach and Maraetotara Falls

    January 31 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    The next stop for today was at Waimarama Beach. Beautiful beach with a nice island in front of it!

    I was thinking back and forward here, if I should go for a swim or not, but was deciding against it in the end as it's quite a rough sea with the wind and knew I can go and swim and a waterfall soon.
    It also was a bit colder here at the beach, which was really nice!

    So I didn't stay so long, had a quick lunch and then went to the Maraetotara Falls. It was just around 25 minutes to drive from the beach there.
    It was a big problem to find a place to park the car. So many cars here already and such a small carpark. But I found a space where I could squeeze into.
    It was a 10 minutes walk down to the river and the waterfall. And this one is definitely well known!
    Many people here, a lot of families but also many dogs 🥰
    I got a new friend, a black Labrador that was very happy and came to say hello a few times.

    Well, I then went for a swim. Opps the water was muuuuch colder than expected 😱

    I was not the only one that got shocked. 🙈😬
    But I really wanted to cool down and go for a swim, I wanted it so desperately that I went in!!
    It took me a while but I went in for a fast swim and ten I got out again!
    It was cold but anyway really nice.

    I was sitting down in the shade for a while to get dry, talked with a family, the owners of my new dog friend until it was time to get going again.

    I then went to my next campground. It a little bit outside of Napier in a nice and quiet place 😊
    It was so hot during the evening and never really cooled down. The wind stopped during the evening and had really hard to fall asleep, as it was so hot, so in the end, I had the windows all open and the truck as well 🙈😂
    So I managed to fall asleep at least.
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  • Day63

    Tangoio Walkway

    February 1 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    It was already or maybe I most say still pretty warm in the morning. I had my breakfast in the shadow as sitting outside in the sun is impossible!

    I left around 10 am and was just hoping that the weather forecast for today is right and it's not getting hotter than 30 degrees 🤞🏼😅

    The first stop for me on the way to Gisborne was at the Tongoio Walkway.

    Here are two waterfalls within a few minutes of walking. The first one was very easy to reach and a famous swimming spot.

    For the second one, I need to climb up a quite steep path for around 15-20 minutes to come to the lookout. A couple recommended walking to the redwood forest, only 30 minutes from the lookout so I did that. It was a really nice walk and the forest was beautiful. A lot of big and old trees and so many birds and also goats around!
    Yes, goats! I was also surprised when there was suddenly a goat standing in front of me 😂😉

    They are super scared and I was just seeing them max for one second until they were gone again in the bushes.

    It started to get really warm now so I went back to the car to keep on going.

    There I met another couple, from Rotorua and they have me some nice tips, where to go and what to do around here!
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  • Day16


    February 12 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Today, I have not so much to report. I kicked off the day with a nice 10 km-run at the lakeshore of Lake Taupo - the first run since the strep-throat had knocked me off (from sports) for basically the whole January. At 1:30 I took the bus from Taupo to Hastings in the Hawke's Bay close to the Pacific coast. We drove through a landscape dominated by hills and forests. For the first time I saw way more sheep than cows😄 From a longer distance, one meadow looked like there were white rocks on it, but, when we came closer, I could see that it were sheep😂In Hastings, I walked some kilometers through the city center and some neighborhoods up to some rural area with apple trees and other agriculture. Hastings seems to be a rather unspectacular town with some pretty corners though. Maybe I should have gone to Napier instead, but seeing a rather "normal" New Zealand town is not so bad either. Tomorrow, I'll be going on Winery- and Wine Tasting-tour anyway🙃Read more

  • Day31

    Bike riding in Hawke's Bay wine region

    March 4, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Hawke's Bay is the oldest wine region in New Zealand and its second largest, after the Marlborough region. We rode the free bikes available at our lodgings (‘latte bikes’—so upright you won’t upset your latte on your ride). They weren’t our usual preference, but being able to look around at the scenery was nice.

    We rode a levee (without our Chevy) to the Pacific Ocean for about 10 miles, to Elephant Hill winery. Some of their vineyards are located within a stone’s throw of the Pacific Ocean (something we don’t see in California). We tried several of their wines, then ate our packed lunch sitting by the ocean.

    Later, we rode back to two other wineries nearby our lodgings. The bike trail passed apple orchards, vineyards and “frisky cows.”
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  • Day16

    Hawkes Bay

    February 14, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    So by now we made it up to Hawkes Bay already, not flying anymore, but taking the bus. 🚌
    Got greeted by a beautiful sunset, the picture is not doing it justice as it's out of the car..

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