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L'Aube Hill Reserve

Here you’ll find travel reports about L'Aube Hill Reserve. Discover travel destinations in New Zealand of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.
  • Day160

    Vom Mt. Cook Village sind wir relativ zügig Richtung Christchurch gefahren, da der Abflug näher rückte und wir zumindest schon einmal in der Nähe der Stadt sein wollten, um mögliche Autokäufer zu treffen. Da wir unser Auto bereits online zum Verkauf gestellt hatten und auch schon einige Anfragen erhalten hatten, haben wir uns entschlossen noch einmal am Wochenende auf die an Christchurch anschließende Halbinsel nach Akaroa zu fahren - bekannt als französischste Stadt NZs... Und so war es dann auch: Es gab Häuser mit französischen Flaggen, französische Restaurants und Bäckereien und jede Menge Franzosen.
    Da wir jedoch unseren womöglich letzten Neuseelandausflug auf Kiwi-Art genießen wollten, zog es uns zu einer als Campingplatz umfunktionierten Schafweide (bzw. wir teilten uns die Fläche mit den Schafen) - sozusagen nochmal Neuseelandfeeling pur zum nahenden Abschluss ;-) Und wir besuchten einen Mosaikgarten einer in Akaroa lebenden Künstlerin. Dies war wie ein riesiger Spielplatz für Groß und Klein und wirklich schön - zumal es Farbe in den doch eher wolkigen Tag gebracht hat.
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  • Day28

    Heute stand eigentlich nur Auto fahren auf dem Programm und leider nix spektakuläres.....aber am Ende des Tages war es doch wieder aufregend gewesen.
    Der Reihe nach. Gleich nach dem Frühstück ging es in den Stadtpark, der eher nach einem englischen Garten aussah und die Bäume zeigten hier eine ganze Palette der Herbstverfärbung. Nele freute sich über die vielen Enten und begrüßte sie alle.
    Nach einem kurzen Einkaufsstop nahmen wir die bevorstehenden 300km in Angriff. Dank des Highway1 und relativ breiten und schnurgeraden Straßen fuhr es sich ganz gut. Beide Mädels nutzen die Zeit für ein ausgiebiges Schläfchen.
    Nach 200 km war ein Kaffee und Mittagsstopp nötig.
    Die letzte Strecke hatte es dann noch in sich. Es ging nach Akaroa, auf der Bank Halbinsel südöstlich von Christchurch. Wir entschieden uns naiverweise für die Touristenroute. Diese führte auf der Gipfelstraße entlang. Erst ging es den Berg in Serpentinen herauf, was mit einer fahrbaren Schrankwand viel Spaß macht, und dann wieder hinab. Und es wollte nicht enden. Zugegeben war der Blick vom Bergkamm hinab in das Tal, den Fjord und die kleinen Orte atemberaubend. Die Anstrengung hat sich also gelohnt.
    Heil unten angekommen ging es sofort zur i-Site. Wir wollten für morgen eine Delphin Tour buchen. Auf Grund der Wettervorhersage machte man uns keine großen Hoffnungen, wir könnten aber morgen nochmal nachfragen. Mmh schade, dann hätten wir tatsächlich das erste mal in unserem Urlaub Pech mit dem Wetter. Nöööö.
    Was stürmisches und regnerisches Wetter, hier am Meer bedeutet, erfuhren wir dann in der Nacht. Der Regen prasselte auf das Wohnmobil und der Sturm schaukelte unsere "Schrankwand" bedenklich hin und her. Nele tat ihr übriges dazu, wollte nicht einschlafen und hielt uns lange wach.
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  • Day9

    To kick of our Camper-van adventure we stopped of at Akarua, a beautiful, french, coastal town, east of Christchurch. We decided to go bare basic tonight and test the NZ's free campsites. I was in ecstasy with the picturesque picnic spot 50m from our camp spot.

    On our drive down we stopped at the local cheese farm. The balsamic vinegar& onion and the smoked Havarti seemed like a fine choice. Pinor noir from Nelson, a view and delicious cheese makes it a perfect way to start our tramping.

    {issy}
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  • Day10

    Our first night in the camper-van, we drove to Akarua and found a free camping spot for self contained vehicles (vehicles with running water and onboard toilet 🚽). It only had 6 spots and we were lucky enough to get one.

    There was public toilets about 500 meters away and a drinking water fountain but that was it, we learned quickly that free means you only really get a free legal place to park and sleep.

    We made the best of it by enjoying some wine and cheese, see Isabel's blog. And of course a braai with NZ lamb and veggies, food was amazing!

    Then we retired early and slept about 11 hours, clearly the bed in our camper is as comfortable as you going to get in a camper.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day37

    Up early again, we made a nice breakfast of yogurt and granola and waited for the tourist office to open. The plan for the day was to do some local hikes. Akaroa is located on a peninsula surrounded by mountains. We were able to connect a few trails and turn the day into 6+ hours of hiking. The route actually was quite challenging for the first hour. Our goal was to summit one of the surrounding mountains. The road leading out of town slowly got steeper and steeper. We passed the point where the road was too steep for cars and continued on up the mountain. The trail changed from road to gravel to grassy pastures as we climbed 800 meters. The last 100 meters we climbed through dense shrubbery and thistle with lots of sharp plants grabbing at us. We reached the top in 2 hours to behold views of the town, harbour and surrounding mountains. In the opposite direction we saw the wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean. The trail followed the mountain spine and slowly swung and wound itself around the mountains and back down to town. We did a quick detour to a small waterfall on the way down. It was a very warm day and felt great to cool down under the falls. We treated ourselves to some delicious fudge freshly made in town after a hard day of hiking.Read more

  • Day3

    Traveled to Akaroa today from Christchurch. Only took about 1.5hrs of winding road but beautiful senerery. Got into Akaroa just before lunch and wandered around for a bit. We got some local made fudge from the local gift shop to which was delicious. Headed of down along the roadway along the waterfront and found a fish and chip shop. Because it was my birthday today I decided to splurge and have the blue cod meal. It was just as I remembered it to taste. Bloody beautiful. We headed off back to the campers and left town traveling what seemed like the backroads. The Tom Tom must be set on scenic route. We came across a farmer hearding his sheep along the road and we had to pull over until they past. The babies were in amongst the flock and it was really good to experiance this.
    We stayed in Ashburton for the night at the Coronation Holiday Park. $37 per night. We walked about a 1.5km up the road to get a few supplies from Countdown (which is the Kiwi version of Woolworths).
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  • Day16

    Today we drove down the Banks Peninsula to Akaroa, a beautiful little harbour town that has French Provincial heritage. It took 90 minutes to get there. We were surprised until we hit the hills and bends and got stuck behind a succession of slow drivers. We have noted here that truck drivers often very kindly pull over to let smaller vehicles pass. Also, a lit more slow vehicles (not always tourists) who just don't seem to care if they are holding people up. So, we stopped at Little River to get away from a slow driver if a black 4 wheel drive that looked suspiciously like the same one that held everbody up the day before on the drive in from Hanmer Springs 😐. I took a photo at the petrol pump to prove how expensive fuel is here.
    It was a beautiful sunny day in Akaroa where we explored and bought a couple more souveniers including a beautiful silver fern scarf. The town has many streets and buildings with french names. We had morning tea at a patisserie where I had an apricot danish and Stephen tried a cronut (yuck).
    We walked down to the jetty and back and got some beautiful scenic shots as well as a drive up to the lighthouse (didn't quite make it as I got too nervous and we stopped when the very steep and sharply winding road turned to gravel 😮).
    Akaroa is a stopping point for cruise ships that used to stop in Christchurch and this beautiful sleepy little town is inundated up to three times a week with sometimes as many as 7000 people. Glad that didn't happen the day we were there.
    Picked up some pink handspun NZ wool in Little River on the way back to Christchurch -planning a hat for myself with this one.
    After a short rest, we walked down to see the restart mall which consists of shops in shipping containers then had dinner at a restaurant called The Villas. Stephen had the sole and I had an amazing lamb dish -easily the best feed I had in NZ and appropriate for Australia Day 😊
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  • Day93

    I'm in New Zealand since a few days..
    Its a nice country - very nice, but not so exciting but - its nice!
    Today we've had one of our most astonishing sailaways, I've seen so far!

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