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  • Day39

    Around Whangarei

    March 17, 2017 in New Zealand

    The campsite manager did such a good job of explaining all the local places of interest that we stayed another night so we could explore them. By just driving through the town you would not have an idea of all it has to explore so were thankful for his advise. We were able to walk from campsite and it turned into one of the longest walks we have done! The 22m imressive waterfall was set in a basin and we followed the river along thick tropical rainforst right at the edge of the town seeing some examples of huge Kauri tress that are very important to the Maori culture until we got to the town basin. The 6km walk around it had some intersting art sculptures as well as a group of drama boys rehearsing the Hakka. Visited some more Botanical gardens that had a fern and cacti house in town. All that walking meant the huge ice cream we had was a welcome treat although the walk back was a bit hard going...Read more

  • Day37

    Bream Head and Whangarei Falls

    October 22, 2016 in New Zealand

    This morning we set off after breakfast for a walk around Bream Head. Breakfast was the usual and we had a little chat with our neighbours again before heading off on the walk.
    We chose to do a route that took us the tip of Bream Head and past the World War II gun emplacements on route. These were never actually used aside from three yest shots but they had been disguised into the hillside and the battery house contained a war mural of the view that had been painted by the soldiers to help with referencing enemy locations. We figured maybe they were just bored. It has lasted through the years though and for that reason is pretty important. I am surprised they even let you in to see it but they do.

    The walk then took us up a pretty steep zigzagging path to the top of the Head and the views along the way were incredible. It looks just as you would imagine an island to look if you just rolled up shipwrecked as the first person to step foot on it. The different trees and bushes in the forest are beautiful and I felt a bit like I was walking through a tropical garden at a display as they were that beautiful to look at. The birds were singing everywhere and the small forest covered mountains stretched right to the waters edge, forest and greenery reaching right to the water, completely untouched. Once again it was a bit like a scene from Jurassic Park.
    From the Head you could see almost 360 degrees and the only downside was the oil refinery to the right, but to the left we could see Smugglers Cove, a beautiful white beach with nobody on it, just nestled between the green with the turquoise water lapping on the shore. This was our next stop and we were glad of the downhill walk at this point.
    We arrived at the beach and enjoyed a paddle in the freezing water before sitting on the sand to take in the view.

    It was then getting on for lunch and so we headed back over the much less steep grassy hill to the campsite and set up camp behind the car for some lunchtime noodles.

    They weren't the best but they were better than nothing and we then headed off for our next stop, Paihia via Whangarei Falls.

    After driving in the wrong direction a few times (my fault) we eventually came across the falls. What expected a bit of a walk to get there but just a few steps down from the car park was a look out and you could hear the falls before seeing them. They were pretty big, not so much wide but long, and they were stunning. We walked over a bridge and to the other side of the river, just behind the falls (note there were no railings, if your silly enough to fall in....tough luck). We walked down the steps to the bottom of the falls and enjoyed the view from here with the mist spraying onto our faces. From here you could also see down the rest of the river which ran gently through a dense forest that rose up on the high banks either side. It was a hit of a ravine really and you could tell the small pool by the Base of the falls would be a popular summer spot for locals wanting to have a dip.
    We didn't have time to walk around the forest and so we headed back up to the car and on to the next campsite in Paihia. Ufortunately there would be no free camping there and so we decided to buy a power lead and fork out for an electric hook up pitch so we could finally charge our devices (which is why I am now able to blog).

    We arrived in town with a fair bit of time and so parked up in the town and had a wander. It was a lot smaller than we expected as it is a touristy area for Kiwis but we managed to find a fish and chip shop for tea. We waited an exceptionally long time for the fish and chips.... ridiculously so, but the fish was great and the chips were OK (they cannot do them like In England here). We sat by the beach and watched the seagulls watching us, just waiting for some measley morsel of food. They didn't get much 😐

    After food we couldn't resist an ice cream on the way back to the car and this time there were no complaints (the Ice cream story of Auckland is yet to be written). The only complaint came from my belly once we got back to camp and unfortunately the rest of the night was spent in a lot of discomfort by me, I have decided no more ice cream for me as this is the second time it has made me poorly 😭

    So the rest of the evening was a write off, except for a couple of blog posts, and soon enough it was once again dark and time for sleep 😴😴😴
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  • Day85

    NZ North - von Whangarai nach Paihia

    October 7, 2016 in New Zealand

    Nachdem wir ausgeschlafen und uns ein schönes Frühstück zubereitet hatten, machten wir uns auf den Weg die unmittelbare Nachbarschaft zu erkunden.

    Von unserer Gastgeberin bekamen wir den Tipp uns den AH Reed Park mit Kauribäumen und einem der schönsten Wasserfälle Neuseelands anzusehen. Und so wanderten wir nach einer ausgiebigen Säuberung unserer Schuhe durch den Park. Diese Säuberung ist hier Pflicht, damit die Kauribäume vor Keimen geschützt bleiben, es beinhaltet ein Abbürsten der Schuhsohlen und -kanten, sowie das Besprühen mit Desinfektionsmittel.

    Der Wasserfall war tatsächlich sehr beeindruckend, aber die Bäume waren noch nicht das, was wir erwartet haben. Aber hier gibt es ja noch mehr Kauriwälder.

    Durch unsere morgendliche Wanderung hatten wir unseren Frühsport für heute erfolgreich abgehakt, und begannen unsere Fahrt in Richtung Norden zum Cape Reinga.
    Unser nächster Halt war etwas ungewöhnlich, denn wir besuchten eine öffentliche Toilette! Keine gewöhnliche 🚽, denn im kleinen Örtchen Kawakawa lebte einmal der Künstler Hundertwasser.

    Da unsere Mägen knurrten, machten wir als nächstes einen Stop in Paihia, wo es leckeren Fish and Chips gab. Da wir schonmal hier waren, buchten wir für den nächsten Tag einen Bootsausflug zu den benachbarten Inseln mit der Hoffnung morgen Delphine zu sehen.
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  • Day21

    Whangarei waterfalls

    January 19, 2017 in New Zealand

    Ahoi mein Freund!

    Auf dem Motorway 1 ging es für uns also zurück nach Whangarei. Die Straße war kurvig und schien mitten durch den Jungle zu gehen. Sehr beeindruckend.
    In Whangarei steuerten wir direkt den Info-Spot an, denn dort gibt es eine Dusche. Dank der App CamperMate kostenlos (und kalt). Wir hätten auch 2$ zahlen können, um warm zu duschen. Aber da wir morgen zurück in Auckland bei Mags sein werden, habe ich mich so schnell geduscht, wie noch nie in meinem Leben. Denn es war echt eiskalt!
    Frisch geduscht fühlt sich quasi an wie ein neues Leben. Und mit genau dieser neuen Energie haben wir uns auf den Weg zu den Whangarei Falls gemacht.
    Ich für meinen Teil war nicht sehr beeindruckt. Schön finde ich Wasserfälle meistens, diese hier auch. Aber den Hype kann ich nicht verstehen.
    Trotzdem cool, sich ein eigenes Bild machen zu können.
    Heute Nacht bleiben wir noch hier & schauen uns um, bevor es zu Mags und Robyn für eine Nacht geht!

    Mood: Gut
    Song of the day: James Arthur - Say you won't let go

    Herzallerliebst,
    Mel reist.
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  • Day63

    Umzug

    October 11, 2016 in New Zealand

    In den letzten Tagen ist einiges passiert...
    Am Samstag bin ich zu Kerry nach Kamo (10 min mit dem Auto von Arbeit entfernt) umgezogen. Er hat ein Zimmer frei und lässt mich dort kostenlos wohnen und meint ich kann so lange bleiben, wie ich möchte 😁😁😁
    Habe also mein eigenes Zimmer mit Bett. Kann Küche, Bad, Wohnzimmer mit Fernseher nutzen. Dafür werde ich immer mal für ihn putzen und kochen. Das einzig Doofe ist, dass er kein Wlan hat, aber das werde ich schon überleben. 😋
    Er arbeitet als concreter, also irgendwas mit Beton... Er fängt ziemlich zeitig an und wenn ich Abends arbeite sehen wir uns eigentlich gar nicht.
    War dann noch den ganzen Tag am Strand, weil mal wundervolles Wetter war. Wasser ist aber noch ziemlich kalt, sodass man noch nicht so lange drinnen bleiben kann.
    Sonntag hab ich dann Wäsche gewaschen und den Nachmittag nach der Arbeit nur gechillt.
    Am Montag haben mich dann John und einer seiner Freunde kurz besucht. Der Freund (auch schon Rentner) hat früher die Warrent of Fitness gemacht (TÜV) und hat sich kurz mein Auto angesehen und gemeint er würde die Warrent geben. Da bin ich schonmal etwas beruhigt. (Muss meine Warrent im Februar erneuern)
    Heute mache ich eine Fahrradtour, weil das Wetter im Gegensatz zu den letzten zwei Tagen super ist und ich heute frei habe. Bin 37 km mit dem Rad gefahren 😂 habe mir daraufhin noch nen Cappuccino und ein Stück Kuchen gegönnt 😋
    Ich melde mich wieder wenn was spannendes passiert 😉😊
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