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Hokitika Gorge

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  • Day12

    Cool little town

    November 18, 2016 in New Zealand

    Today was jam packed, we planned nothing but the vicinity of our end destination . Got up, went for a run on the small farm road (I kinda did mile repeats as the road ended in a private property with scary looking cows) , utilized the amazing hot showers, organized the camper-van (this is a mission - find a spot for everything without driving each other nuts) and BOOM the days adventure starts.

    I did a blitz analysis of the must do's in Hokikita, also known as the cool little town, and navigated Roedolf with a pretty basic map. Google maps are very handy till you lose cellphone reception, which happens pretty much all the time in NZ.

    This is one beautiful country. The diversity of scenery is mind blowing. From Hokikita, the drive around lake Kaniere offers the following: walk into the Kahikatea forest, a bench in the water; access to Dorothy's falls and many beautiful viewpoints. I also got up close and personal with a Lama. A short detour from the lake got us to the vivid turquoise waters of Hokikita's gorge. The lush forest surrounding it also made it a good lunch stop.

    Filled up at BP (ons laat die wiele rol) and then drove to state highway 6 to Franz Josef in search of a glacier.
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  • Day135

    Heute ging es in die kleine Stadt Hokitika.

    30km entfernt von dieser kommt man zu einer Schwingebrücke welche sich über einem blauen Fluss befindet.

    Warum es so blau ist ?
    Die blaue Farbe kommt von winzigsten Steinstaubpartikeln aus den Bergen.

    Als nächstes ging es dann zum Franz-Josef Gletscher.
    Dieser war über einen 1.5h Weg zu erreichen.

    Leider ist der Gletscher über die Jahre durch die Klimaerwärmung viel kleiner geworden.
    Trotzdem sind ein, zwei schöne Bilder entstanden.
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  • Day40

    Hokitika Gorge

    March 17, 2017 in New Zealand

    Nach dem Marie heute Morgen kurz in der kalten tasmanischen See baden war, waren wir heute Nachmittag in der Hokitika Gorge schwimmen. Aber auch hier war das Wasser sehr kalt (ist ja aber auch ein Gebirgsfluss mit Gletschermehl, daher die schöne blaue Farbe). Die Idylle wurde einzig durch die Attacke von hunderten Sandflies (kleine schwarze Fliegen die richtig fies zubeißen und rote juckende Flecken hinterlassen) getrübt.Read more

  • Day185

    Hokitika Gorge, Lake Kaniere & New Years

    December 31, 2017 in New Zealand

    New Year's Eve and it's the first bad day of weather in a while. We drove away from the coast to explore the river flowing through the Hokitika Gorge. On nice days, the water is turqoise coloured from all the glacial silt. But that day it was so gray that the water was a milky white. It rained hard and we got soaked, despite our rain jackets. Every hundred meters or so, another waterfall was adding to the flow of the river. It was very dramatic.

    We didn't hang around long but instead decided to head toward our campsite for the night. On the way, on a small backroad in the middle of nowhere, a pair of hikers along the road looked like drowned rats. We stopped to see if they needed a lift. They had hiked for four days through the bush along a poorly marked trail. No one we picked up had been so happy about getting a ride! With no cell reception, it would've meant another 15km walk for them through heavy rain.

    In the afternoon, we got a bit of a dry break. We went to check out a large waterfall. The base was only 100m from the carpark. But NZ Frenzy (our off the beaten path guide book) recommended scrambling up the steep hillside, over rocks and roots, to get a view from the top. From there, a second stage of the waterfall was even more impressive. In the picture, you can see the second stage in the distance.

    We hid in the van in the evening and had to cook our dinner inside. We prepared a special treat, spaghetti and shrimp. We normally went to bed with the setting sun, but we made an effort to stay up for the start of 2018. We changed into dry clothes and played some Fjord under our Christmas lighting. Fitting, since we were on our way to Fjordland.

    New Year's eve isn't celebrated much by locals, especially outside the big cities. Kiwis come to the West coast to relax. They much prefer a quiet evening with a glass of whiskey over a large social event. And private fireworks are technically not legal. So we hadn't expected much. But to our surprise, at midnight, despite the rain, two groups of partiers lit fireworks at the campsite anyway. And our van was perfectly aligned to watch the show through our windshield and backwindow. Awesome! Happy New Years!!!

    The campground was by Lake Kaniere, a popular lake for water activities. The weather cleared up the following morning and we went for a new year's dip. Refreshing, but of course, nowhere near as cold as Jan 1st Polar dips in the Northern hemisphere ;)
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  • Day136

    Hokitika Georg jump

    December 20, 2017 in New Zealand

    Wirklich sehr sehr schöner Fluss. Blau türkise (ich würde milchig nennen) Farbe. Und klar da musste man wieder von der Brücke springen. :D Von jemand wussten wir sowieso, dass das Wasser ziemlich sehr tief ist. Außerdem richtig arschkalt war es auch :D
    Aber wie immer: geil!

    Really totally awsome river. Blue turquoise (I would say milky) colour. And of course er have to jump from bridge. :D we know from anyone that the water is really deep. Also it was really cold. But like always: crazy!Read more

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