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  • Day111

    Bluff - TA Ende

    February 18, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Letzter Tag des TA 😁
    Heute war Countdown mit 34km bis Bluff. Wir frühstücken zusammen um 8h und Anja und ich liefen los, Sebastian brauchte noch etwas... Wir wollten gemeinsam finishen.

    Das Wetter stand auf Trauer, es nieselte. Zuerst ging es ganz nett noch weiter an der Bucht entlang, aber dann etwa 25km am State Highway. Es war viel Verkehr und die riesigen Trucks bliesen mir mehrfach meine Mütze vom Kopf. Aber wir hatten keine andere Wahl, da mussten wir durch. Zu zweit war es nicht ganz so schlimm...

    Kurz vor Bluff holte uns Sebastian ein, wollte aber noch über den Hügel. Wir holten uns aus dem Liquor Store jeweils einen Piccolo 😎

    Um 16h hatten wir den Stirling Point, den südlichsten Punkt Neuseelands erreicht. Wir stießen an und jubelten. 3000km waren geschafft. Es ist so unwirklich, ich kann es immer noch nicht glauben!!! Wahnsinn

    Anja musste zu ihrer Fähre nach Stewart Island und ich blieb noch ein bisschen sitzen. Dann kam noch Antoine und Sebastian und die 6er-Gruppe von den letzten Huts. Party!

    Ich brauchte etwas Zeit für mich und lief zurück in mein Hostel. Wahrscheinlich realisiere ich die ganze Geschichte erst in den nächsten Tagen...

    So, mein NZ Trip ist aber noch nicht zu Ende. Ich habe ja noch ein paar Tage bis zum 27.2.. Also nehme ich morgen erstmal die Fähre nach Stewart Island und sehe dann weiter, ganz entspannt 😉
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    feldnerin

    Absolut verdient

    2/18/20Reply
    feldnerin

    Gratulation, tolle Leistung 👍😀 viel Spaß noch in den nächsten Tagen

    2/18/20Reply
    ChrisWanderLust

    Danke

    2/18/20Reply
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  • Day85

    The little tent that wanted to fly away

    January 30, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    After last night's bad weather, the sun was back in the morning. We welcomed it with open arms, as a lot of our stuff was still wet. There was a strict 10:00 checkout time so at some point we had to leave. We visited Jack's blowhole, a canyon 200 meter inland with rough sea water. We didn't see a blowhole though as we've seen in small at other beaches, and neither did we see anyone called Jack, so it was slightly underwhelming, especially as it took 40 minutes of hiking to see it.

    On the way to our next stop we drove through Papatowai. This town hosts the Lost Gypsy Gallery, a place where someone with lots of free time and creativity created lots of small or big toys that would move when either pressing a button or turning a handle. Very random and somehow cool.

    After lunch we decided to visit only one of the many waterfalls, our choice were the McLean Falls. A short walk through awesome forest brought us there. Having seen plenty of living forests here, we also went to see a petrified forest at the coast. There were mainly tree stumps and some logs. Hard to really tell that they were stone and not still wood but the weird look in that specific location made the stop worth it.

    We had been driving south for the last few weeks, now this came to an end, as we reached the southern most point of the South Island of New Zealand and didn't intend to visit Steward Island or Antarctica. From here on we noticed how incredibly windy it had gotten at the coast. Going west from here, we reached a nice little light house and found yet another sea lion. This time he was up for a selfie.

    The campsite of the day tried everything to provide wind shelter for us. We were basically surrounded by trees, bushes, a campervan and our car. But it was nonetheless so windy that we had to go rock searching around midnight because our pegs were being pushed out of the ground by pure wind force. When we were trying to fall asleep, we noticed one of the corners at the feet was not attached anymore. We secured the 4 main pegs with one rock each and hoped we'd survive the night.
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    Lida Schönbeck

    Sheep! The merino sheep?

    2/1/20Reply
    Susanne and Machiel

    Maybe! We didn't ask them

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  • Day110

    Invercargill

    February 17, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Vorletzte Etappe des TA: 32km am Strand bis Invercargill. Da Ebbe heute noch später war als gestern (14.20h), gingen Sebastian, Anja und ich erstmal in Ruhe frühstücken.

    Gegen 11h marschierten wir los, immer an der Bay entlang. Es war auch mal schön, mit anderen zu laufen und sich zu unterhalten. Wir haben schon mal unsere Erlebnisse und Eindrücke abgeglichen und bearbeitet. Es war schon spannend, wie jeder den Trail erlebt hat und was er mitnimmt. Die Zeit verging super schnell.

    Der Strand war sehr mystisch. Es war zwar warm, aber vor uns hielt sich immer ein Schleier von Dunst oder Wolken, so dass man nicht weit voraus schauen konnte.

    Die 20km Strand waren im Nu vorbei. Dann kam etwas Strasse und etwa 6km vor Invercargill ein Cafe. Dort bestellten wir erstmal ein Bier bzw. Cider und ein Eis und ließen es uns gut gehen.

    Um 19.30h liefen wir dann im Ziel ein, gingen kurz in unsere Hostels und trafen uns zum Abendbrot. Wir mussten uns ziemlich beeilen, da hier um 21h die Bürgersteige hochgeklappt werden, 😂 Das Essen war aber sehr lecker!
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    Birgit WanderLust

    👍prima Kumpel (ine)

    2/17/20Reply
    feldnerin

    Kommt schon Wehmut bei dir auf? Ich werde die Berichte sicher vermissen 😂

    2/17/20Reply
    ChrisWanderLust

    Ich hab ja noch ein paar Tage bis zum 27. 😎

    2/17/20Reply
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  • Day115

    Stewart Island - > Invercargill

    February 22, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Gestern Abend war ich noch mit Anja schön Abendbrot essen und heute früh frühstücken, dann mussten wir uns endgültig voneinander verabschieden. Aber in Berlin schaffen wir es bestimmt auf einen Kaffee 😉

    Ich bummelte noch ein bisschen rum und stieg um 14.30h in einen Minflieger nach Invercargill - Flugzeit 15min 😂. Das Arrangement war ganz spannend : Eingecheckt wurde im Ort, an einem Schalter der Post. Dann wurden wir (3 Passagiere) mit einem Minibus ca. 2km gefahren bis zum Beginn einer leeren Start/Landebahn. Nach etwa 10min kam von hinten ein Flieger angebraust und setzte kurz vor uns auf. Wir fuhren ihm ein Stück hinterher und hielten neben ihm. 5 Fluggäste stiegen aus und wir stiegen ein. Gepäck raus und rein, anschnallen und los gings. Es war ein bißchen wackelig in der Luft, aber cool. Eine Viertelstunde später landeten wir in Invercargill. Fertig.

    Leider folgte dann eine böse Überraschung : meine Buchung bei Europcar war nicht bestätigt und damit ungültig. Für das Auto, was zur Verfügung stand, wollten sie den 5-(!)fachen Preis- Bauernfänger....

    Also buchte ich bei budget für morgen ein Auto, leider trotzdem deutlich teurer, aber ich hab ja Urlaub 😉

    Dann lief ich vom Flughafen zu meiner Unterkunft (1h), ich hatte ja noch nicht viel gemacht heute. Das Backpackers ist richtig süß in einer alten Villa mit einer älteren Dame 👍

    Jetzt noch Abendessen und dann geht es morgen weiter 😎
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  • Day11

    Bluff

    February 8 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We're in Bluff today before going to Stewart Island tomorrow. The ship's wheelhouse is the sign in shed at the Invercargill NZMCA Park where we are staying. Notice the two signs - the first was taken just now at the Bluff end of SH1 - the other was taken at Cape Reinga when we were there in 2020. They read different distances - 49km out! The boat coming in past the Bluff light is the ferry we'll take tomorrow. The chain sculpture represents the anchor chain as Stewart Island is supposed to be the anchor of the South Island (Mauis' canoe). If we're lucky, we'll get a picture of the chain emerging from the sea at Lee Bay on Stewart Island tomorrow.
    Late in the afternoon we did the Greenpoint walk to the ship's graveyard and found a good spa pool at the aquatic centre to finish our day.
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    I loved Bluff so reminded me of a Scottish village I used to know [Linda]

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  • Day95

    We are Heading Home

    March 14, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Fifteen days early but all is good. Flights cancelled and new ones made from Invercargill. Rental car can be returned at the airport here without any extra fees. Refunds from all remaining Air Bnb and Booking.com sites. Ferry to the North Island cancelled.

    Better safe than sorry. We have had an amazing trip and have no regrets.
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    Michelle Bertucci

    Safe journey, wonderful to meet you both on your New Zealand adventure. I will miss your updates 😘

    3/14/20Reply
    Ladyandtramp

    It was wonderful to meet you too, Michelle. We have a few more footprints to finish up. We leave tomorrow.

    3/15/20Reply
    Karen Horan

    Another fabulous trip. Thanks for sharing and for all the wonderful information and pictures.. I will miss your updates but look forward to your next adventure. Safe travels home! See you soon at Belwood.

    3/15/20Reply
     
  • Day37

    Einkaufszentrum

    February 3, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Heute waren wir etwas unterwegs. Das Wetter ist zwar immer noch gleich scheiße aber das kann man halt nicht ändern. Wir waren an der steat street Wharf ein bisschen laufen und danach in einem Einkaufszentrum etwas shoppen. Dort haben wir uns etwas waremes zum trinken gegönnt und einen pikanten Muffins.Read more

    Irmgard Huppertz

    ❤️liebste Grüße🤗😘

    2/3/20Reply
    Vrena on tour

    ❤️🤗

    2/3/20Reply
     
  • Day36

    Queensparc Invercagill

    February 2, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Das Wetter bei uns ist nicht so schön es ist sehr regnerisch. Trotzdem sind wir eine kleine runde durch den Queensparc in Invercargill gelaufen. Wunderschön bepflanzt mit Rosen und anderen Blumen es gab einen Teich mit vielen Enten. Die Natur ist einfach traumhaft.Read more

    Flotterkäfer

    Hey Fee 🧚‍♀️ wir senden dir liebe Grüße aus dem kalten 🇩🇪 Danke für die tollen Bilder 🐞😘 Margit und Gil Ps der Grill steht bereit 😂😂

    2/2/20Reply
    Vrena on tour

    Vielen lieben Dank 😘❤️ bitte🤗🥰 Das ist gut 👍😂😂

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  • Day17

    Diversion to Oban!

    February 6, 2020, Tasman Sea ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Over the past two days at sea, we have continued to enjoy our relaxing time on the Noordam. We have made good use of the Spa, and the high standard of food has been maintained. There is complimentary Room Service, and we enjoyed breakfast served in our Stateroom. We have met some lovely fellow passengers including two nice couples from Germany who lamented our departure from the EU. Campbell and I have spent time people watching, and likening some of our fellow passengers to celebrities. So far we have encountered Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, an elderly Doris Day, and Theresa May enjoying her retirement!

    After a relaxing two days at sea, we were looking forward to arriving at Milford Sound in New Zealand’s fjordland today. However the Captain announced last night that due to recent flash flooding, resulting in landslides and hundreds of tourists being trapped in the area and having to be rescued by helicopter, a State of Emergency has been declared, and we were sadly unable to visit the area 🙁. However, as an alternative, the Captain was pleased to announce that we would instead be diverting and making an unscheduled visit to Oban! I thought at first that this was a bit much of a detour, until I realised it was the small port of Oban on Stewart Island, New Zealand’s largely forgotten third island. Although a reasonable size, the whole island has a population of only 400 and, with no predators, it is a bird sanctuary and home to hundreds of different species, including kiwis.

    To access the island required taking a tender to shore. The number of passengers coming ashore from the ship more than quadrupled the whole population. Today was a holiday - Waitangi Day - the national day of New Zealand. The main activity on the island appeared to be the annual Man of the Year contest. This involved burly locals competing in a variety of testosterone and beer-fuelled activities on the beach. Campbell and I were going to enter but didn’t want to show them up.

    I took a lovely (but steep) walk up to Observation Rock where I had fabulous views over Golden Bay towards the island of - wait forever it - Iona. We visited the tiny local museum, which reminded Campbell of the one at Invergordon - minus the major attraction of the Iron Lung.

    We were disappointed not to have made it to Milford Sound, but after seeing news footage on TV could understand why. We’ll just have to come back.
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    Cath Mackenzie

    😮 🤣

    2/6/20Reply
    Aileen Johnston

    Well this sound entertaining 😱

    2/6/20Reply
    Aileen Johnston

    The museum sounds thrilling 😀

    2/6/20Reply
    Margaret Morris

    Very interesting and funny blog. ❤️

    2/7/20Reply
     
  • Day43

    Bluff

    January 12, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    The weather today is strange. Changing between sunshine, rain, storm and something in between.
    Good that I have not planned in so much for today.

    I went to Bluff to take a look around this small town, the gateway to Steward Island. I decided against visiting Steward Island mostly because of the weather and also because I found out, that the ferry to Steward Island ist quite expensive.
    And I have enough wind and rain here at the moment and don’t need to pay much money for it to have the same shit weather there.

    I went to the lookout point what was quite a steep drive up the hill but the view was nice.
    I also went to Sterling Point for a small walk around there.
    Not too much, what was good! As I left Bluff it started to rain like hell! Good timing.
    I went back to the campground to recharge my batteries even more.
    The next days will be full of adventures and activities so I will need it! 🤗
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