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Hokitika Gorge

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  • May18

    Hokitika Gorge

    May 18 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Before walking through the gorge we got chatting to a nice lady. Our original plan was to drive through Arthur's Pass to the east coast but after talking to her we decided to change our plans and travel down the west coast instead.

    The Hokitika River is glacier water melt that is mixed with granite sand/dust causing it to have a milky appearance.
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  • Day32

    Hokitika Gorge

    February 10 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Türkisblaues Wasser, enge Schlucht, Hängebrücke. Fertig ist eine Westcoast/Westland-Attraktion. Der Imbiss-Anhänger am Parkplatz servierte den laut Uschi „bisher besten Burger“ und ich (bzw. die Kinder) haben (m)ein Whitebait-Omelett verputzt. 😶Read more

  • Day34


    February 18 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Heute sind wir ein ganzes Stück an der Westküste vom Abel Tasman National Park nach Hokitika gefahren. Leider hat es die meiste Zeit in Strömen geregnet. In Hokitika, was eine sehr süße altertümliche Stadt ist, waren wir wieder etwas shoppen und haben hier zu Mittag gegessen. Im Anschluss sind wir nach Hokitika George gefahren, eine Hängebrücke die über eine Schlucht mit Gletscherwasser führt (das Wasser soll eigentlich eisblau sein, Realität bei dem Wetter s. Fotos 🤷🏽‍♀️). Weil meine Fersen immer noch nicht so ganz verheilt sind, bin ich überall in Birkenstocks unterwegs, die sind wirklich goldwert. Wir hoffen für morgen auf besseres Wetter, dann geht es nämlich zum Franz Josef Gletscher.Read more

  • Day10

    Kokatahi, Neuseeland

    November 6, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Dieser Tag führte uns zuerst zum Point Elizabeth (ein Aussichtspunkt auf das Meer). Leider war die Sicht nicht so schön wie wir dachten... hatten ja am Vortag das atemberaubende Meer bei der Seal Colony gesehen. Danach ging es für uns zur Hokitika Gorge. Das Wasser hatte eine leutend türkise Farbe. So etwas hatten wir bis jetzt noch nicht gesehen 😍 die 'Sandflies' waren super nervig... In Schwärmen waren sie um einen herum, vor allem wenn wir Bilder gemacht haben und deshalb stehen geblieben sind.Read more

  • Day12

    Cool little town

    November 18, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    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

    Hokitika Gorge Walk & FranzJosef Glacier

    June 15, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    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 ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    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 ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    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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