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  • Day111

    Napier

    January 19 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Hmm-Napier... Im Reiseführer beschrieben als süße Art Deco Stadt, was auch stimmt, hat sie meiner Meinung nach, aber nicht viel mehr zu bieten. Aber gut, fahren wir nach unserem Early Checkout um 8:00 Uhr morgens, weil ich das Auto nur bis 8:00 Uhr direkt vor der Tür parken durfte, noch zum Lookout auf den Berg und machen uns dann auf den Weg gen Süden. Schade eigentlich, denn so hätte ich mich eigentlich gestern doch gleich nach Süden bewegen können, aber sowas weiß man ja vorher immer nicht.

    Heutiges Tagesziel war Greytown, eine kleine Stadt, die sich super als Ausgangspunkt für meinen geplanten morgigen Stop am Cape Palliser eignet. Tja, leider wusste ich da noch nicht, dass sämtliche Unterkünfte ausgebucht sein werden, weil Wellington ein langes WE hat und alle in dieses süße kleine Sommerresidenzähnliche Städtchen flüchten. Somit bin ich erst einmal ahnungslos ins Auto gestiegen, 150km gefahren, habe unterwegs einen kurzen Stop im Kaitoke Vogelpark eingelegt, um mir etwas die Beine zu vertreten, danach gecheckt, wie weit es noch bis Greytown ist, für machbar befunden und nach einer Unterkunft geschaut. Tja.... blöd... Das durchkreuzte gerade ganz arg meine Pläne! 🤮
    Auch im Nachbarstädtchen war nichts mehr frei, ok schon, aber den Preis war ich ehrlich gesagt nicht bereit für 1 Nacht zu bezahlen... Jedenfalls habe ich dann in den sauren Apfel gebissen und meinen Cape Palliser Trip gestrichen 😢 und die 75km extra nach Wellington zurückgelegt.

    Gut, wird bestimmt nicht mein letztes Mal Neuseeland gewesen sein und irgendetwas brauche ich ja auch, um wieder zu kommen, versuche ich mir einzureden. 🙄
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  • Day81

    Napier

    December 11, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Heute waren wir in Napier. Das ist ein kleiner Ort am Meer, der vor fast 100 Jahren von einem Erdbeben und Feuer zerstört wurde und danach im Art Déco Stil wieder aufgebaut wurde. Die Häuser sind ziemlich schön und der Ort hat eine angenehme Atmosphäre. Wir waren auch noch kurz am Wasser und auf dem Bluff Hill und haben von dort auf den Hafen runtergeguckt.Read more

  • Day80

    Hastings

    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 😬Read more

  • Day272

    Napier

    March 10 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Napier ist eine gemütliche kleine Stadt, und vor allem für Weinliebhaber interessant. Da wir nicht die größten Weinfans sind 🤷🏼‍♀️ gibt es für uns hier nicht sehr viel zu entdecken. Es ist außerdem die Art Déco Stadt Neuseelands. Da wir zudem noch Kunstbanausen sind, war auch das leider kein Highlight für uns. Da die Stadt eigentlich ganz schön ist, kommen kultiviertere Menschen hier bestimmt auf ihre Kosten. 😉

    Wir fanden vor allem die Ampeln sehr witzig (s. Foto). Wir spazieren an der Promenade direkt am Meer entlang und schlendern durch die Innenstadt bevor wir uns auf die vierstündige Fahrt nach Wellington machen.
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  • Day29

    Found Penguins ..... and more Wineries!

    December 12, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    Woke up to another cloudy day, but had already made plans to go to the National New Zealand Aquarium, and got there when it opened at 9am - what an awesome place, and yes, they had penguins!! We walked around for the first half hour looking at the fabulous displays, reptiles, stingrays, and one of which actually has two Kiwi birds who were chasing each other and having a great time! It was very dark in their display as they are nocturnal birds, so getting a photo was a challenge! Got one dark one, but also got one of a stuffed Kiwi and her large egg! At 9:30, it was penguin feeding time - what cuties these are! They are actually blue (or “little”) penguins, native to New Zealand and are so sweet and quite tame. One in particular is named Dora, and she has been raised in the aquarium since she was very small and loves human interaction - what a fun little penguin she is! They all have names and their own personalities, as noted by the “naughty” and “good” sign posted in their pool area. At 10am, it was fish feeding time in the “reef” and a diver actually comes and hand feeds the fish in that area which was really cool! We stayed for about another hour, seeing a huge sea turtle, sharks, a moray eel, piranas , beautifully coloured tropical fish and more stingrays.

    Next stop was downtown as Dave wanted to get a haircut - he found a barber shop on the Main Street and had a great time chatting with the two kiwi barbers - one was an Everton fan, the other a die hard Liverpool fan, with lots of memorabilia at his workstation - had to get a pic of that! We stopped for a quick lunch, then headed off to check out a few more wineries. Went to Urban Winery first, about 10 minutes from where we are staying. So nice to talk to the people serving at these places - they are all very knowledgeable about the products, and also love hearing about BC and our wine districts. Next stop was Mission Estate - a former church and now a lovely winery which still has a chapel and beautiful gardens in addition to the vineyards. Our last stop was a Church Road Winery, just down the road, and after our tasting, we sat outside to have a glass of wine, and the sun actually came out - yay! As we were sitting outside, we both commented on how similar the Hawke’s Bay wine area is very similar to the Okanagan wine district.

    After another busy day, we had a Mexican dinner and are now preparing to hit the road again tomorrow to our next destination - Rotorua!
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  • Day28

    A Tasting we will go!

    December 11, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Got up to another overcast day today but we don’t let that stop us! We drove up to a lookout point called Bluff Hill with a great view over the other side of Napier - a town called Ahuriri - the log dry land sort and container port. There was a small cruise ship approaching shore while we were there. We then drove down to Perfume Point where there is a cool little lighthouse, then walked into the town of Ahuriri to have a quick look around. From there, we headed south to a town called Hastings - another place that suffered lots of damage from the 1931 earthquake and has been rebuilt. We walked around the town - saw Santa on his “sleigh” driving around, the Christmas decorations and some cool little stores on the Main Street - they actually still have K-Mart here, but forgot to get a pic! We grabbed some lunch then set off to find some of the famous Hawke’s Bay wineries!

    The first winery we stopped at was called Pask, and the lovely manager, Mel, was very informative and gave us some very nice wines to sample. We started talking to her about the Kelowna wineries we’ve visited, and it turned out she knew a friend of Jeff’s from Beaumont winery, who has been here and travels all over trying new wines and visiting wineries! Small world! I picked up a bottle of Chardonnay at Pask - looking forward to trying that! Our next stop was Te Awa winery which is on the Gimblett Gravels - this is an area where an earthquake diverted the river leaving behind gravel type soil, which creates perfect drainage for growing grapes. We each got to taste 6 different varieties of wine here (hic) - good thing they’re small samples! We crossed over half a block down the road to Trinity Hill Winery, also part of the Gimblett Gravels, and I have to say, some of the best wine we have tasted in the area! In all 3 places, I tried the whites and Dave the reds, and we both agreed at Trinity Hill, all of the samples we had were amazing! Dave bought a bottle of their Syrah, which he really enjoyed in the tasting. As I said, it’s a good thing the samples are small, as we had a 40 minute drive back to Napier after all these shenanigans!!

    We decided to go back over to Ahuriri for dinner to a place we’d found in a brochure called The Jandal, which looked to have some pretty good menu items. As you can see from the photo below, it’s a good thing we got there early..... ha ha!! When we first walked in, there wasn’t even a greeter, server or bartender, and we had to cough a few times before anyone realized we were there! Nevertheless, we had a pretty good dinner, and by the time we left, one other couple had arrived to eat - must be the weather, or maybe cos it’s only Tuesday here 🤷‍♀️. Back to our hotel now for a rest and to plan tomorrow’s adventures!
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  • Day27

    North to Napier

    December 10, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We left Wellington at 8am this morning to head to Napier in the Hawke’s Bay Area of New Zealand’s North Island. We drove through rolling hills with lots of sheep and cattle and the views were stunning. Our first stop was about 2 hours out of Wellington at a place called Palmerston North. This is a beautiful town, home to Massey University, renowned for its agriculture research, as well as being recognized in Australia, the US, Canada and Britain for its veterinary medicine program. The town is centred around a beautiful square with thousands of flowers, lovely buildings, and a great shopping area. Even the ducks like it here - we saw Mama and her babies taking a stroll through the square! We stopped for a photo opp at a town called Dannevirke, which was founded in the late 1800’s by Danish, Norwegian and Swedish settlers.

    We continued on through farmland - lots of corn and squash, and eventually vineyards, before arriving in Napier around 1pm. We stocked up on a few groceries, checked into our hotel then went to explore the town. In 1931, Napier and nearby Hastings were hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that destroyed the downtown areas, killed 256 people and injured thousands. Napier came back from the earthquake with a clean slate and fresh land to build on. One hundred and eleven new buildings were constructed in the downtown area between 1931 and 1933. The vast majority took their cues from Art Deco, the era’s cutting-edge architectural trend which today gives the town its quirky, fun vibe. Every February, there is an Art Deco Festival in Napier, and many stores sell vintage clothes from the Great Gatsby era so that locals and visitors can participate in the festivities! There is a lovely waterfront flower garden, a pavilion used for shows during the summer months, and a black sand/gravel beach - so unlike the beaches we’ve seen along the New Zealand coastline so far! After a long walk and a bite to eat, we came back the hotel to do some research on the famous Hawke’s Bay Wineries we plan to visit tomorrow!
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  • Day49

    Ruahine-Hike

    March 31 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Mein erster Hike😍 zwei Tage und insgesamt ca. 10 Stunden Wanderung

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Hawke's Bay, Heretaunga

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